AMBITIOUS Hylton CW are facing a year out of football – after the disappointment of missing out on a place in the Wearside League.
Hylton enjoyed a magnificent 2013/14 campaign in the Durham Alliance League under manager Jamie Owens and secretary Ian Peary, winning the title and landing two domestic cups, building on their Durham County Minor Cup the previous season.
They resigned from the Alliance on May 27 and applied to the Wearside League, only to be rocked by the annual meeting’s decision to keep the league at 19 clubs for next term.
Peary told the Echo: “As it stands at the moment, Hylton CW will not being competing in a league next season.
“We have kept Hylton’s DFA affiliation for this season and we will apply again next year as we are determined to get a Sunderland football club from the north side of the city into the Wearside League and part of the FA framework.
“There are fantastic facilities at the Billy Hardy Complex, which people have worked hard for years to secure, and myself and Jamie will not give up till Hylton Colliery Welfare are back playing there.”
Looking back, he added: “We attended the Wearside League AGM on June 3 for application to the league but were bitterly disappointed when we were informed the league members had voted to set up season 2014-15 with 19 members in the league.
“Jamie Owens and I can understand why the clubs voted this way, with it getting harder and harder to keep sports clubs afloat economically, but that did not lessen the disappointment we felt walking away from the AGM.
“There may the slightest of hopes for Hylton CW to represent our application again to the Wearside League this season due to circumstances unveiling in the Northern League as Whitehaven have been relegated for failing to meet ground criteria and Esh Winning, the bottom club from last season, have been reprieved.
“The Cumbrians’ appeal will be heard on June 24 at Wembley. The outcome of the appeal may open a door for Hylton, but we will need to wait and see what happens.”