Stroud League Division One Champions Dursley Town are set to be promoted into the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, subject to a vote to accept the decision.
This comes following the Stroud League’s decision to conclude their 2019/20 season on a PPG (points-per-game) calculation, thus crowing Dursley Town as champions of the first division.
Dursley, managed by former Brimscombe & Thrupp man Karl Nash, were left to sweat on a potential promotion though after the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League confirmed that they didn’t intend to promote or relegate any side after their own season was concluded with expunged results, that is unless there was a withdrawal within the 32 teams who competed in the GNSL last season.
Now, it has been confirmed that due to Tuffley Rovers Reserves withdrawing from the GNSL, with the intention to join the Hellenic League’s Division Two West for the 2020/21 season.
In a communication distributed to the GNSL teams the league says that Dursley Town qualify for the promotion as Champions and that the club’s facilities and ground are acceptable to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League and they had the best PPG record of all applicants for the promotion.
The decision to promote Dursley Town into GNSL Division Two will be put to a straight vote, either to accept or reject the decision of the Management Committee.
Tuffley’s withdrawal from Division One also means there is now a vacancy within that division, meaning there is a further likely internal promotion, which will see a Division Two side promoted into Division One.
Whilst it is unclear which side it will be at this stage, it is expected that Andoversford could be offered the promotion as the side who were top when the season was suspended and the side who has the superior PPG in the division.
However, we now await the decision from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.