Leicestershire Senior League
Published 7th February 2011
...believes they could become a victim of their own success and face an uncertain future if it is unable to get further promotions.
The Loughborough side began just four years ago in the North Leicestershire League but three titles in that time has put them on the brink of the East Midlands Counties League, Step 6 in the non-League Pyramid.
They’re currently second in the Senior League Premier Division, four points behind Rothley with two games in hand
But the NSG back pitch where they play does not have floodlights meaning if they did win the league they would not be able to be promoted.
The long-term plan was to move on to the NSG main pitch to ground share with Evo-Stik League First Division South outfit Loughborough Dynamo.
However Loughborough Students FC, who entered the Pyramid at Step 6 and are currently fighting to join their hosts, Loughborough Dynamo plus Shepshed Dynamo and Quorn in Step 4, remain in a groundsharing agreement at the NSG.
Their long-running plans for a ground on the University campus, first planned to be completed in November 2007, are still some way from completion.
Due to FA rules FC Dynamo would also have had to have played a full season groundsharing with Loughborough Dynamo before they would be allowed promotion.
“It’s difficult for us as a club,” Noble says. “It’s disappointing to think if we win the league we won’t be able to get the reward of promotion.
“I think we are victims of our own success. It’s a shame we can’t put floodlights on our pitch as Loughborough Dynamo own the lease.
“I think we could keep the players together but what’s the point if we can’t get any higher?
“It’s a great set-up at the club and we want to move it forward. If that can’t happen then it will be a great shame.”
Meanwhile, current leaders Rothley Imperial are hopeful they will be able to celebrate their centenary with promotion.
They’re spending £10,000 on ground improvements to meet the regulations for promotion.
“We’ve told the league that we want to go up,” said chairman Nick Clayton, whose club are 100 years old next season. “The work on the ground will be done by the March 31st deadline.
“We have to finish in the top two, but if we do and we’re above Blaby then we should be going up.”