Guisborough Town are cock-a-hoop at the news that the FA has accepted the club’s appeal against relegation, confirming that the Priorymen will play in the Ebac Northern League Division One again next season.
Club Chairman Don Cowan commented: “We are absolutely delighted for everyone at the decision to grant us a reprieve from relegation to the Northern League Division Two and we thank the FA for listening to our case and coming to a favourable outcome on our behalf and also the Northern League for their support.
“We always felt we had a very good and valid case for appealing against our relegation and therefore our decision to challenge it has been fully vindicated by the FA and we look forward very much to next season and continuing to play in Division One.
“This is great news for our players, team management, officials and our supporters and as always it has been achieved through a great team effort by a hard-working group of people at Guisborough Town FC,” added Don.
Guisborough Manager Gary Forster, who master-minded a terrific revival towards the end of last season with a tremendous run of five successive victories, commented: “I’m so pleased for my players and everyone associated with the club. Ultimately, the late surge of points we got from that winning run have gained us enough points to stay up and give us our just rewards.
“I’d like to play tribute to my predecessor Steve Dowling and former assistant manager David Markham for the efforts they put in – a truly great team effort throughout the season,” added Gary.
Looking ahead to the new campaign he said: “We’ve kept the nucleus of the squad together with exciting youngsters like Steve Roberts and Louis Goldsack signed up.
“I’m also delighted with the recent addition of Jack Connor from Billingham Town and now we need a replacement up front for striker Dave Onions who has retired and an attack-minded midfielder to complete the squad,” said Gary.
Guisborough Town’s full pre-season fixture programme is as follows:
Saturday 1st July – Wolviston (a) 3pm
Tuesday 11th July – Guisborough Utd (h) 7.30pm
Thursday 13th July – Marske Utd (a) 7.30pm
Saturday 15th July – Garforth Town (h) 3pm
Tuesday 18th July – Thornaby (a) – Peter Morris Memorial 7.30pm
Saturday 22nd July – Whitby Town (h) – Mickey Skinner Memorial 3pm
Sunday 23rd July – Yarm & Eaglescliffe (a) Note: 2pm
Wednesday 26th July – Stokesley (h) 7.30pm
Saturday 29th July – Darlington Reserves (h) 3pm
Monday 31st July – Shildon (a) 7.30pm.