PLANS for Mid Wales reserve league have received a mixed response.

As part of national pyramid restructuring the Football Association of Wales (FAW) is launching regional reserve leagues catering for clubs participating in the top three tiers.

However the FAW has accepted many clubs from the region will not enter any new league and prefer to continue participating in more localised area competitions.

As such clubs have been granted an option to opt out by writing to the FAW by June 30 and “demonstrate to reasonable satisfaction that cost and burden of travel would be prohibitive.”

A statement from the Central Wales Football Association (CWFA) read: “Some clubs will not have reserve teams and others have reserve teams which presently play on a local basis in area association competitions at recreational level.

“Clubs need to appreciate that participation in a Mid Wales Reserve League is likely to involve significant additional travel.

The eligible clubs for the proposed reserve league are Aberystwyth Town, Newtown, Guilsfield, Llanfair United, Penrhyncoch, Aberaeron, Bow Street, Caersws, Dolgellau, Four Crosses, Kerry, Llandrindod Wells, Llanidloes Town, Penparcau, Welshpool Town and Llanrhaeadr.

Llanidloes Town Football Club backed the new league.

Secretary Peter Jones said: “We at Llanidloes have been fully behind the creation of a reserve league in Central Wales for many years.

“We are the only association without one and we feel a competitive reserve league can only help standards of football with in the area and in turn help every club that wants to improve their own standards.

“We will be fully behind this new league and are looking forward to it.”

Dolgellau Football Club secretary Stephen Parry added: “As long as travelling isn’t as excessive it will be worth attempting and testing the depths of club strengths with those of the same level.”

However several clubs confirmed their intent to opt out.

Guilsfield Football Club spokesman Martin Roberts said: “We have real concerns about the costs of travelling. Many local lads just wouldn’t have the time to spend most of the Saturday on the road for an away game.

A Four Crosses spokesman said: “We would not survive. The cost of extra travel would cripple us.

Meanwhile a Llanrhaeadr spokesman added: “With the vast distances involved we will be opting out due to the vastly increased costs and demands on players time.”