As a consequence to the impending departure of Cawthorne, the Executive have decided on the following league structure which will be in place for the 2019 season:
Premiership (14 teams)
The lowest ranked team will be relegated at end of the 2018 season.
Championship (12 teams)
At end of the 2018 season, the top two sides will be promoted to the Premiership. ONLY the bottom side will be relegated to the Conference.
Conference (12 teams)
At end of the 2018 season,the top two sides will be promoted season to the Championship.
Potentially the above situation leaves only 11 teams in the Conference, so in an effort to harmonise the league, Hoylandswaine 2nd XI have been invited to participate in the Conference for 2018. Hoylandswaine have accepted this invitation.
Premiership Two (12 teams)
With Cawthorne 2nd XI and Hoylandswaine 2nd XI no longer in the division that creates a 12 team structure for 2019 thus eliminating Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday League fixtures - a move that is expected to be welcomed by most.
Championship Two (12 teams)
No change to the promotion and relegation places; 2 teams promoted and 2 teams relegated
Conference Two (12 teams)
Again, no change to the promotion and relegation places; 2 teams promoted and 2 teams relegated.
Conference Three (10 teams)
The same, no change to the promotion places; 2 teams promoted only.
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