The Hereford Times is reporting that four clubs on the Welsh border county are banding together to force their way in to the Uhlsport Hellenic League.
Westfields, Pegasus Juniors, Wellington and Hereford Lads Club have all written to the FA expressing a desire to move from their Midlands leagues in to the Hellenic League family following the release of the step 5 and 6 club allocations.
Westfields are the highest ranked of the sides, finishing 12th in last seasons Total Motion Midlands Football League Premier Division while the other three clubs all play in the step 6 West Midlands Regional League.
There is precedent for Herefordshire clubs playing in the Hellenic League – Pegasus themselves were members between 1982 and 2011 when they left the Premier Division for the West Midlands League.
According to the Times, Westfields chairman Andy Morris said: “As the FA are trying to reorganise the leagues geographically, we would like to point out we are becoming more and more remote in our position in Hereford at step five with our current position in the Midland Football League where more clubs are being introduced from the East Midlands making most away matches in the league 200-plus mile round trips.
“Our geographical position and membership in the Midland Football League is hampering our progression in trying to attract players to travel and maintain standards at the 11 v 11 game.”
We’ve done a quick calculation via Google maps and Hereford Lads Club is 115 miles from Binfield’s Hill Farm Lane Ground. For the sake of comparison current member on the Hellenic Premier, Lydney Town are 105 miles away. Both of these distances are assuming a drive.
If the appeal were successful, and this is speculative it would make sense for Westfields to join the Premier while the three West Midlands League clubs would join Division 1 West.
Main image: Wellington FC by Laurence Reade.