Prestatyn Town are back in the Welsh Premier League.
The Seasiders’ return to the top flight after two seasons was secured on Thursday afternoon when the FAW awarded the Huws Gray Alliance champions a domestic licence. The decision marked the end of an incredible season for the Bastion Gardens club, who last November, saw their very existence threatened by a winding-up order at the High Court.
Prestatyn, have lost just twice in the second tier of Welsh football this season. They play their final HGA game at Llanfair United on Saturday, before preparations start on rejoining the WPL. The club says it will look towards improving its self-sustainability and their home ground.
Martin Jones, club secretary said: ”Obviously, we are absolutely delighted with the outcome and look forward to competing at the highest level once again. This has been a superb team effort from everyone concerned with Prestatyn Town. The players, the management team of Neil Gibson and Gareth Wilson and the rest of the staff have been rewarded in the best possible way for a fantastic season. This club has come back from the brink and we must ensure we keep it going in the right direction.”
Rhyl, along with the rest of this season’s Welsh Premier clubs, were also awarded FAW licences at the meeting in Cardiff on Thursday. For the Lillywhites, it means they will stay up in the top flight – but only if they avoid relegation.
With just three games to go, Rhyl are still two points off safety and without a win in four outings – they also face relegation rivals Airbus UK on Saturday, followed by Aberystwyth Town on Good Friday. Unless they make up the points, confirmation of Prestatyn’s promotion means they will be demoted to the HGA.
Rhyl were also denied an UEFA licence, allowing the club to play in European competition, but the club can appeal the decision at a second hearing on Friday 21st April.
Among the second tier clubs, Barry Town United are also set for promotion after being awarded a domestic licence – so long as they finish in the top two of the Welsh League. With five games to go, the Jenner Park outfit, formed after the contentious demise of Barry Town in 2013, are five points clear at the top of Division One.
Caernarfon Town have also been granted a licence – and still stand a slim chance of Welsh Premier promotion if Barry falter at the final hurdle. Flint Town United also succeeded with their licence application but Haverfordwest County’s bid was rejected.