Three new clubs for 2020/21?
ST LAWRENCE FC have been spared a potential double relegation in the JFA Combination, while First Tower Utd have turned down the offer of promotion to the top flight.
As plans already begin to take shape for the 2020/21 season, the Jersey FA have revealed that automatic demotions from the Premiership and Championship have been scrapped for the current campaign, as a result of Trinity FC's withdrawal in November, while promotion-relegation play-offs have fallen foul to Covid-19 restrictions. Under normal circumstances, St Lawrence’s first team and reserves would have been forced into a fight to retain their statuses against the runners-up of the Championship and Division I, respectively, after both sides finished at the foot of the table.
As an alternative, and with second-tier champions St Ouen Reserves ineligible for promotion, St John and First Tower have been offered promotion to the Premiership, while St Brelade Reserves and Grouville Reserves were handed the same deal from Division I. However, Tower have opted to remain where they are and St John are still considering their options. Representatives from St Brelade and Grouville say they will be sending their reserves into the Championship and both have hinted that they will look to enter C teams into Division I.
Officials at Springfield have also said that ‘a number’ of new clubs (believed to be three) could potentially join the fold next term – 12 months after Sports Club of Jersey became the first new outfit to enter the Combination since 2003.
Tower president Geoff Liron said: ‘We’ve had some really good games of football this season, which have been competitive. If we had won the league we would have taken promotion but for now we’re happy to remain in the Championship.’
Full story in Thursday's JEP.
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