The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 1st June 2012
......financial boost, according to chairman Colin Brookes.
The FA granted the Yeltz their desired move to the NPL, following the release of next season’s proposed league structure last week.
Club officials believe the switch will cut in half the estimated 4,500 miles which were travelled to away games in the Southern League Division One South & West last term.
Brookes hinted the saved cash could be used to help manager Shaun Cunnington in his hunt for players. He said: “Even if we can’t add the money into the playing budget, the fact we are no longer have such distances to travel will make it easier to attract players.
“There are a number of derbies for us to play against the likes of Sutton Coldfield Town, Romulus and Chasetown and we’ll be renewing a few old rivalries too.
“All-in-all, it’s a good move for us and it’s given everyone at the club a lift.”
Brookes pointed to the example of Rushall Olympic, who gained promotion to the Northern Premier League just two years after switching from the Southern.
He said: “I know Rushall appealed when they were moved north as they didn’t want it at the time.
“I speak to people there now who say it was the best thing which ever happened to them.
“It’s a well-organised league and I think for a club like us it will prove a really good move.”
Meanwhile, Stourbridge have emerged as suitors for Yeltz striker Ben Haseley.
Cunnnington is hoping the hitman, who scored ten goals after joining from Heath Hayes in January, will stay at The Grove but the Glassboys have also made him an offer.
Stafford Rangers, Rushall and Hednesford Town are also thought to be keen.