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Pitching In League Constitution for 2021/22 season

Earlier this week, the F.A. announced the National League System (NLS) Club Allocations for the 2021/22 season. As you would expect, due to the curtailment of the last two seasons, the teams in the Premier Division have stayed the same, but there have been a number of changes to the three Step Four Divisions below, with new clubs being promoted from Step 5 Leagues, others switching Divisions within the Isthmian League and some transferred to other Leagues.

The reason for this is that the F.A. have gone ahead with their reorganisation of the ‘Pyramid’ and have added an extra Division at Step 4 (within the Pitchin In Northern Premier League). The way they created this Division was to promote clubs from Step 5 based on the last two seasons’ results, so season 2019/20 that was originally declared null and void, and 2020/21 which was curtailed. Whilst this may not have been the best way to have done it and there have been murmurings from some clubs that feel they have been hard done by, but the F.A. had little choice (apart from postponing the restructure again which would have been unsatisfactory) and appear to have done a good job at what is an extremely difficult time.           

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford, Bognor Regis Town, Bowers & Pitsea, Brightlingsea Regent, Carshalton Athletic, Cheshunt, Corinthian-Casuals, Cray Wanderers, East Thurrock United, Enfield Town, Folkestone Invicta, Haringey Borough, Hornchurch, Horsham, Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Lewes, Margate, Merstham, Potters Bar Town, Wingate & Finchley and Worthing.

North Division

AFC Sudbury, Aveley, Barking (switched from South-Central Division), Basildon United, Brentwood Town, Bury Town, Canvey Island, Coggeshall Town, Dereham Town, Felixstowe & Walton United, Grays Athletic, Great Wakering Rovers, Hashtag United (promoted from Essex Senior League Premier Division), Heybridge Swifts, Hullbridge Sports, Maldon & Tiptree, Romford, Stowmarket Town (promoted from Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division), Tilbury and Witham Town.

Cambridge City, Histon and Soham Town Rangers transferred to the Northern Premier League Midland Division.

South-Central Division

Ashford Town, Basingstoke Town (transferred from Pitching In Southern League Division One South), Bedfont Sports, Binfield (promoted from uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division), Bracknell Town, Chalfont St Peter, Chertsey Town, Chipstead, Guernsey (switched from South-East Division), Hanwell Town, Marlow, Northwood, South Park, Staines Town, Sutton Common Rovers (promoted from Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division), Thatcham Town (transferred from Pitching In Southern League Division One South), Tooting & Mitcham United, Uxbridge, Westfield and Whyteleafe (switched from the South-East Division).

FC Romania, Harlow Town, Hertford Town, Waltham Abbey and Ware transferred to the Pitching In Southern Central Division.

Barking transferred to the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division.

South-East Division

Ashford United, Burgess Hill Town, Chichester City, Corinthian (promoted from Southern Counties East League Premier Division), Cray Valley PM, East Grinstead Town, Faversham Town, Hastings United, Haywards Heath Town, Herne Bay, Hythe Town, Lancing (promoted from Southern Combination Football League Premier Division), Phoenix Sports, Ramsgate, Sevenoaks Town, Sittingbourne, Three Bridges, VCD Athletic, Whitehawk and Whitstable Town.

Guernsey and Whyteleafe transferred to the Pitching In Isthmian League South Central Division.

Thanks to Neil Pilcher for this article.