Woolston given the go-ahead

First published in Sport

THE National Conference League management committee have recommended Woolston Rovers along with Blackbrook for admission to the 2013 season.

Both clubs were given the backing at this week’s committee meeting and must now wait for Monday’s annual meeting, where the existing clubs will vote on their inclusion.

If accepted, both sides would start life in the new 12-team Division Three and play their first games on the opening day of the competition on Saturday, March 2.

It would pave the way for league ‘derby’ action between Rovers and Crosfields, who will be joined by Coventry Bears, Hindley, Kells, Peterlee Pumas, Pilkington Recs, Underbank Rangers, Wigan St Cuthberts, Featherstone Lions and Heworth in the new third division.

NCL chairman Trevor Hunt said: “Woolston Rovers have demonstrated they have what it takes to be part of the National Conference League. “Woolston have amalgamated with the hugely successful Warrington Wizards to ensure they meet the league criteria with regard to open age and youth set-ups.

“Blackbrook and Woolston can be terrific additions to what will be a very competitive new division. However, it is up to the 48 existing member clubs to accept them.”

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