Loxwood seek FA clarification after being denied promotion

Loxwood Football Club have written to both the Sussex County League and the FA to ask why they have been denied promotion.

The Magpies were provisionally promoted from Division 2 of the County League to Division 1 with three other teams.

The Plaistow Road club’s promotion was always dependent on an appeal from Dorking Wanderers, who finished above Loxwood but were initially stopped from going up by the SCFL because their ground wasn’t up to scratch.

That decision was overturned by the Sussex FA however, allowing Dorking to take their place in Division 1 while Loxwood remain in Division 2.

Loxwood had the chance to appeal themselves, but with the season fast approaching, decided to concentrate on readying the squad, but what the club does want is some clarity.

Barry Hunter, director of football at Loxwood, said: “We have not heard anything official from anybody but we understand that we will be playing Division 2 football again this year.

“From what I understand Dorking’s ground didn’t pass the ground grading by March 31, which it has to by the league and FA’s ruling. The ground grading is very clear and we don’t know under what circumstances they managed to change the decision, so as a club we’ve written to both the league and FA to ask.

“We have absolutely nothing against Dorking, it’s natural they want promotion and we fully accept they finished above us, but what we want is clarification because at the moment we’re in the dark.”

Hunter though says pre-season preparations are going extremely well despite the uncertainty over which league they would be playing in.