Colney Heath left sweating on promotion as they await letter from parish council
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Colney Heath's historic promotion up the football pyramid could be under threat - if they don't receive vital correspondence from Colney Heath Parish Council in the next couple of days.
The Magpies are one of the sides who have been invited by the FA to submit "an application for upward movement" as part of the governing body's restructure of the lower reaches of the non-league game.
The Recreation Ground-based football club earned the right following their results over the last two seasons, both of which were brought to an end prematurely.
It would be the first time the club will have reached step four of the pyramid, four divisions below the Football League, however, as part of their application they need to show "security of tenure" and require a "letter of intent" from the council regarding the lease.
The completed application needs to be submitted to the FA by Monday and this is the final sticking point. Everything else, including the required ground grading, is in hand.
Colney Heath say promotion would be a boost for the entire club, allowing them to attracting more youth players, both boys and girls, as well as sponsors and would be a vindication of all the hard work and effort, on and off the field, over the previous years.
They feel that they are in the prefect position at the moment to take on the challenge and believe that promotion would be a huge feather in the cap for a club that is proud to be from the village.
In a statement to the Herts Advertiser, the parish council said: "[We] are pleased to support the Colney Heath Football Club and their promotion within the football pyramid and have wished them every success in their achievement.
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"However, as landowners [we] have requested further information be provided in order to fully understand the implications and physical changes required for the public recreation ground.
"The council continue negotiations and are keen to enter into a further 25 year lease with Colney Heath Football Club.
"The matter will be discussed at the Colney Heath Parish Council annual parish meeting on May 5."
They did say that conversations had been held between both themselves and the club and that some sort of confirmation would be issued before the Monday deadline.
They also said they would get in touch as soon as the final decision was made at the May meeting.