Home pitch passes test in boost for promotion

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys received an added boost in their hopes of progressing to higher level football.

The West Yorkshire League, as reported in last week’s Echo Sport, put in an application to the FA to be accepted into their 7th Tier ‘pyramid’ status.

If successful it would require all clubs in its Premier Division to have the necessary FA ground standards.

After being accepted into the league three years ago, the Old Boys, in partnership with Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School Sports College, have undertaken a great deal of work on their playing and dressing room facilities.

On Saturday, Graham Commons, the West Yorkshire League ground inspector, visited the ground and validated it to be up to the necessary standard for promotion into their Premier, and probably FA 7th Tier League.

Old Boys manager Phil Garbe has also reported the the league membership has been told the FA is looking to implement its disciplinary rules right through all levels of football outside the Football League.

He said this will see even Sunday League players handed one or three matches for the most part rather than a number of weeks as at present after the respective league management disciplinary committees have met.

Garbe says the onus is on clubs to make sure it works.

As some players play for Saturday and Sunday teams clubs need to liaise with their leagues to find out if a player has been sent off or not, or they will find matches are awarded to the opposition for fielding a player who is serving a ban.

“All very time consuming and fraught with some teething problems at first I fear,” said Garbe.