Evo-Stik League South East club Northwood have made a decision to run without a reserve side for the next year and have entered into a one-year ground share agreement with Spartan South Midlands League side London Tigers.
London Tigers found themselves homeless after travellers left their Avenue Park home (formerly Viking Sports’ ground) on the A40 in a terrible state.
Northwood chairman Ian Barry said: “We have been looking at alternatives to the Suburban League for our reserves for a few years now, as travelling was becoming increasingly less local and we are very interested in joining a more local competition. To that end we have been watching with interest the development of talks regarding a new under-21 or under-23 midweek league that has been proposed by Middlesex clubs and is being pushed by neighbours from Hendon and Wealdstone. However, that league won’t be up and running for another year which left us with a bit of a dilemma.
“Whilst we are committed to developing our own youth players in the best way, our select group of youngsters, despite having experienced the tough level of the Ryman Youth League already, are still a couple of years away from senior football as far as age is concerned. So, it seems reasonable to take just one year off from running the reserves and then re-introducing it at a development level once the new league is up and running.
“We were then approached by London Tigers, who find themselves without a ground this season, so we decided that we could accommodate them in a way that benefits both clubs. Therefore, we welcome everyone connected with London Tigers Football Club and hope we can enjoy a warm, amicable season together here at Northwood Park.”
New Woods manager Simon Lane is happy to run without the back-up of a reserve side for a year, and is expected to utilise the dual-registration rules to give some players important senior football experience where necessary.