Ossett Albion receive reprieve from Evo-Stik League relegation

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OSSETT Albion have been handed a close-season boost with the news they’ve received a reprieve from relegation to the Northern Counties East League (NCEL).

The Warehouse Systems Stadium club had been preparing for life in the NCEL after suffering relegation from Evo-Stik League Division 1 North last term.

But, due to Enfield 1893 failing to meet the ground grading regulation to compete in Step 4 of the non-league ladder following their promotion, Albion have been reinstated to compete at Step 4 level rather than Step 5 next season.

The reprieve system works on a points-per-game ratio and Albion have the advantage over other Evo-Stik Premier League clubs who suffered relegation at the end of the 2010-11 season.

The news follows the decision to appoint Lloyd Fellows and Paul Watson as joint managers of the club following Eric Gilchrist’s decision to stand down at the end of last season.

Albion will join neighbours Ossett Town, relegated from the Premier Division last season, and local rivals Wakefield FC in Division 1 North next term.

The Dimple Wells club have already confirmed two pre-season friendlies in preparation for the new season.

Northern League club Bishop Auckland will visit Ossett on Saturday, July 30 (kick-off 3pm) and Albion will visit NCEL club Askern Villa on Tuesday, July 26 (kick-off 7.45pm).

See Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the latest sports news from around the district.