Too many teams, not enough places

The relegation of Norwich A and Beccles A from Alliance Division Three has caused a potential headache for the feeder leagues.Both clubs fall into the Knights Norfolk League territory and are set to drop into Division One, but with only one team promoted from that league, it would create an imbalance.

The relegation of Norwich A and Beccles A from Alliance Division Three has caused a potential headache for the feeder leagues.

Both clubs fall into the Knights Norfolk League territory and are set to drop into Division One, but with only one team promoted from that league, it would create an imbalance.

The situation could be worsened if Norfolk League champions Hales are not allowed to join the Alliance. They are currently appealing after having their initial application rejected because it was late, but if they were not promoted and the runners-up are also ineligible, the Norfolk League would be left with two additional teams. And there is still a chance that could rise to three if Ashmanhaugh are also relegated from Alliance Division Three.

Norfolk League secretary Alan Harris said the situation could lead to the relegation places being adjusted, and Division 10 taking on at least one extra side, although the final picture might not be confirmed until the league's AGM in November.

Meanwhile the West Norfolk League is likely to lose Thetford to the Alliance, and could get no relegated teams in return.

If that proves to be the case, one club could be transferred across from the Norfolk League to make the numbers equal.