MID Wales clubs are now awaiting confirmation of the composition for the new third tier leagues set for launch next season.

As part of a Football Association of Wales (FAW) restructure the current third tier of the pyramid will be replaced by four regional leagues covering north west, north east, south west and south east next season.

With mid Wales not having its own league it means clubs from across the region will join one of the four new regional leagues.

However the financial impact of the coronavirus lockdown and uncertainty over travel costs in the new leagues have led to several clubs conceding they would be in no position to make the step up next season.

A spokesman for Tywyn Bryncrug Football Club said: “We haven’t managed to get any of the work done due to the lockdown so looks like we won’t be in tier three.”

Meanwhile Aberaeron Football Club also look set to reject the chance to compete in the newly formed leagues and cited costs as part of their reasoning why they would opt to join Mid Wales League West next season.

A club spokesman said: “We have been hit hard financially having to cancel our junior tournament among other things.

“We were also concerned that we’d be put in tier three south west which would involve a massive amount of travelling so the club decided not to finish the works needed to meet criteria.

“It is a real shame because we had installed a brand new 100 seater stand last season but the lockdown has hit the club hard financially.

“We were not willing to spend thousands of pounds to meet criteria when it was uncertain which league we’d be in.”

In contrast Berriew Football Club is confident of becoming inaugural members of the new third tier having already received a tier two licence.

Manager Dave Jones backed the restructure to help close the gap in standards.

“In terms of the restructure we are looking forward to it and excited to face some new teams,” said Jones.

“In terms of travel we think due to our location the north east league will be an improvement and will result in the league being a better standard.

“In time it will help reduce the every increasing gulf between tier three and the JD Cymru North.

“On the pitch we are also confident that as a club we can have a good season and our aim is to be challenging towards the top of the league and aim to win all the cup competitions.

“All of the current squad bar one have confirmed to me that they are staying, so with hopefully one or two new additions we will be as strong as anyone.”

Meanwhile Four Crosses Football Club have carried out works in the hope of meeting criteria in a bid to join the third tier.

A club spokesman said: “We have extended the home changing room and installed new toilets in both changing rooms. The club has built a new referee room and installed a public address system, bigger dugouts and more seats in stand.

“The work has been completed over the last 12 months with tier three in mind.”

The club hopes promotion to the new north east Wales league will maintain the strides made in recent seasons.

“As a club we want to play at the highest level possible. Last season was a massive learning curve for a young side,” added the club spokesman.

“Hopefully lessons have been learnt and we can be more competitive and the lads are looking forward to a new challenge and playing at some new grounds.”