FOOTBALL: Could exciting new structure could benefit Horncastle Town?

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Horncastle Town could find themselves competing in an expanded Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League next season.

Moves are underway to help cement the competition as the county’s first rung of the ladder into the football pyramid.

The Lincolnshire League has long been considered a stepping stone for clubs from the leagues across the county to start the journey up the FA structure.

Now efforts are being made to consolidate that position by achieving ‘Step 7’ status, a move which has the backing of the Lincolnshire Football Association.

Developing clubs across Lincolnshire are being invited to be part of the new set-up.

A league spokesman said: “County Senior leagues across the country have for years been the focal point for aspiring clubs wishing to join the football pyramid system.

“Because of the size of Lincolnshire, this has been difficult but with support from the County FA, Step 7 status for the Lincolnshire League can become a reality.

“We want clubs to come on board with us as we raise our game and join the national Pyramid.

“When this is achieved, there would be the option for automatic promotion and relegation to and from the Lincolnshire League and a number of other incentives for the county’s clubs.

“These include the potential to enter the FA Vase, support from the league to develop and grow as a club, easier access to funding, national media coverage and help with reaching the necessary ground grading guidelines.”

The league says that first, it needs a commitment from clubs in the county, particularly those who have achieved, or are planning for, charter standard status.

There have been a number of success stories in Lincolnshire, with member clubs like Cleethorpes Town and Sleaford Town going onto greater things.

The league says they are more clubs in the county who would benefit from the support being offered.

Any clubs wishing to join the Lincolnshire League, or those wishing to chat about this opportunity, can contact Ian Hughes on footballkesteven@gmail.com or Paul Birkitt on lincolnshireleague@sky.com