Colwyn Bay Football Club is confident it can retain a licence to compete in level two of Welsh football despite a blow to its hopes today.
Bay were the only North Wales club – and one of just six across Wales out of 47 applicants – not to be granted a Tier 2 certificate for the 2020-21 season.
The FAW Tier 2 First Instance Body met remotely today to consider applications for the next campaign.
A total of 47 clubs were assessed against a number of infrastructure and personnel criteria.
FAW Tier 2 Certification is a mandatory requirement for clubs to participate at Tier 2 of the Welsh football pyramid for the 2020/21 season.
The Bay, who returned to Welsh football after a 35-year absence this season and gained straight entry into Tier 2 Cymru North, were turned down, but a club statement released tonight said: “Whilst the news of the Tier 2 First Instance Body’s decision from today’s meeting is disappointing, having read through the letter of notification the club has received, it’s clear that the clerical errors can be rectified upon appeal and we fully intend to do so.”
Prestatyn Town, who are considering further action after failing on appeal to gain a Tier 1 licence, were successful in their Tier 2 qualification bid.
From the Welsh Alliance League, Denbigh Town and Holyhead Hotspur both attained Tier 2 licences. The pair have competed in tier two before.
Following today’s meeting, the independent First Instance Body decided on the following:
FAW TIER 2 CERTIFIED CLUBS 2020/21
JD Cymru North (15):
Flint Town United
JD Cymru South (13):
Briton Ferry Llansawel
Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC
Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) (2):
Welsh Alliance League (2):
Mid Wales League (2):
Welsh Football League Division One (7):
Port Talbot Town
Of the remaining applications, the following clubs were not granted Tier 2 Certification for the 2020/21 season:
JD Cymru North (1):
JD Cymru South (3):
Welsh League Division Division One (2):
All clubs have the right of appeal, in accordance with FAW Rule 43.2.3.