Baris Northern Counties East League
Published 31st July 2012
....through the coming season in the Baris Northern Counties East League Division One.
It will be an experience unfamiliar to many at the club following some fifteen years in the top flight but, as secretary Tommy Arkley says, now that they’ve finally got their heads around relegation, they are looking forward to renewing acquaintance with old friends.
In fact they will face former Premier Division rivals Shirebrook Town twice in the opening month – both in the league and cup matches.
And talking of trophies, they have a long trip to the North-East for their Extra Preliminary Round FA Cup tie. Tyne & Wear club West Allotment Celtic are in the Second Division of the Ebac Northern League and Arkley doesn’t recall ever having played them before.
“But they have been around since 1928 and, as I was born around five miles from where they play, I will be ‘gannin hyem’ (returning home) as we say from up there.”
A win there is worth £1,000, which is definitely better than a poke in the eye in difficult economic times, despite news of the much-vaunted possible move to new premises on the outskirts of town in exchange for £750,000 from Selby District Council, about which we reported recently.
However, club officials and councillors alike have yet to confirm details of any such helpful proposals.
Victory would mean another away fixture in the form of a preliminary round clash either at Spennymoor Town or Scarborough Athletic, worth £1,750 to the winners, but it won’t come easily especially against the Seasiders who have proved tough opponents of late.
Staying with trophies, Selby skip the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase for a home clash against either Formby or Padiham.