Ammanford left in limbo as they await league appeal

STUCK: Ammanford AFC will have to sit out the first four games of the Welsh League season.

STUCK: Ammanford AFC will have to sit out the first four games of the Welsh League season.

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Ammanford AFC remain in limbo as they await an appeal to the Welsh League following their controversial relegation from Division Two at the end of last season.

The club finished their 2013-2014 campaign in 13th place, one place above the drop-zone, but with Afan Lido falling out of Welsh Premier League, and Monmouth Town not applying for promotion from Division One, an extraordinary rewriting of the league rule book two weeks before the season’s end saw Ammanford – and Division One Cwmbran Celtic - demoted.

An extraordinary general meeting of the league earlier this summer saw the league clubs support Ammanford, Cwmbran and Abertillery Bluebirds – who face falling out of the league altogether.

However an extraordinary meeting of the FAW – which threatened to suspend all clubs and fixtures – led to a second vote and saw the clubs falling into line.

The situation has been further exacerbated by the Welsh League committee scheduling an appeal hearing for the affected clubs on August 26 – four games into the season which was due to start this weekend.

The move means Ammanford’s first four games of the campaign will be rescheduled whatever league their find themselves in.

“We are in complete limbo until that appeal hearing takes place,” said Ammanford fixture secretary Colin Haines.

“We are far from happy.

“We had hoped that this could all have been sorted before the season was due to begin, but for some reason the league chose otherwise.

“To be honest it’s disgraceful.

“Has we known at the beginning of the season that four sides would be relegated last year we would have had no issue, but to change the rules two weeks from the end of the campaign was crazy.”

Ammanford’s position was made all the worse because once they were technically safe – under the original rules – they opted to blood a number of youngsters, leading to a series of defeats in games they would have been expected to win had they fielded their first team.

Should Cwmbran and Ammanford lost their August 26 appeal they will consider taking the matter to an independent tribunal.

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