United in promotion push


Gavin Grosvenor

LLANFAIR United face a race against time to ensure the club does not miss out on promotion.

The club is currently among the promotion contenders in Spar Mid Wales League Two, but their Mount Field ground failed its initial ground inspection this week.

Mount Field, the club’s traditional home, is undergoing its most radical facelift ever with the club currently widening the playing area while also developing facilities.

But to take their place in Spar Mid Wales League One as second division champions or runners-up the club must meet ground criteria by the final April 30 deadline.

Mount Field lacks covered accommodation for 50 supporters and a toilet block which form part of the criteria for Spar Mid Wales League One membership.

Last year the club benefitted from a Welsh FA Trust ground improvement grant which has seen a new drainage system installed.

Club secretary Jon Richards insisted the club was on target to bring Mount Field up to scratch by the April 30 deadline so the club could accept promotion in the event of a top two finish.

“We have made giant strides on and off the pitch this season and we are confident that we will complete both the covered accommodation and toilet block by the end of April.

“Eventually the club wants to have all the facilities it requires at Mount Field to ensure we can play at the highest standard.”

Richards confirmed the club was totally committed to its two pronged plans to match their improvement on the pitch with the development of its off-the-field facilities.

Richards admitted that in the past the lack of facilities had hampered Llanfair United and seen locally produced players depart for rivals.

“Llanfair is a football town, it always has been,” said Richards. “But it has not always been able to retain local players because our facilities prevented us climbing the pyramid.

“Now the club is developing its junior section to ensure that in the future any player from the town who wants to play at a high standard can do so with Llanfair United.”

Spar Mid Wales League Two promotion rivals Knighton Town and Llandrindod Wells both passed their ground inspections along with Four Crosses.

Llanfair United was joined by Aberaeron in failing to pass the first ground inspection and facing a race against time to upgrace their grounds by the April 30 deadline.

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