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MELKSHAM Town Football Club have had their hopes dashed after finding out they will not be promoted to the Southern League next season.
There was a glimmer of hope for Town who ended the season in third place and as winners of the Les Phillips Cup, but it was disappointing news from the Football Association as they confirmed last week that only one team would be promoted from the Toolstation Western League Premier Division to the Southern League and that place has gone to league winners Bristol Manor Farm.
Melksham Town won the Toolstation Premier Division in 2015 but missed out on promotion because their new Oakfields ground wasn’t ready. But after the new state-of-the-art stadium passed inspection by the FA, the club had their fingers crossed for promotion despite finishing third in the league.
Although it’s only usually the champions who are promoted, the FA has it in its power to promote a second club and Town were hoping that, having been denied in 2015, the FA would look favourably on their application.
But things did not go in their favour and Town now have to look ahead to another season in the Western League.
Although disappointed, the club is focussed on next season and has its sights firmly set on progressing to the Southern League.
Club chairman, Dave Wiltshire said, “We are a little bit disappointed but the truth is that we finished third and that was never likely to be quite good enough. In reality, it’s what we expected. We were obviously hoping we might be able to go up but it’s not meant to be. We have had a really good run at it and with all the changes we’ve had with moving grounds, we’ve had another great season where we’ve finished third in the league and won the Les Phillips Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
“We wanted to try this season, but we’ll just have another go next season.
“With this wonderful new facility, we want to get to the highest level we possibly can but we will do it the right way, and the way we have done it since we’ve been involved.
“We want to get better every year; if you haven’t got ambition, you are never going to get anywhere.”