Cornard boss welcomes bid to safeguard First Division

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CORNARD United manager and owner Chris Symes has welcomed a move by Ridgeons League clubs to safeguard the future of the First Division.

With only 17 teams in the division this season, concerns a lack of interest from clubs currently at the top of feeder leagues in progressing up may threaten its existence could be about to be dispelled.

It follows a meeting of Ridgeons League teams at Diss Town on Monday night where it was agreed to ask the Football Association for keen clubs to be promoted irrespective of their league placing for one season, could be the solution.

It would see a guarantee that more teams would enter the league as they would not have to necessarily finish in a promotion place to be promoted in their feeder league, stopping other clubs from blocking their progress.

Symes, a manager of 30 years’ experience, who voted for the motion, said: “Yes, it is a good thing.

“It happened to us in 1990 and Woodbridge got in under similar circumstances.

“It makes perfect sense. Twenty teams would be ideal.”

Ridgeons League secretary and treasurer Nigel Spurling said: “We agreed that the league would write to the FA and ask if they might consider, for one season only, allowing the clubs who virtually have the facilities required and are keen to join the league, to be allowed to join irrespective of their position they finish in.”