Harrowby United are celebrating promotion to the United Counties League Premier Division.
Despite missing out on automatic promotion by not finishing in the top two of the UCL’s Division One, the third-placed Arrows have been chosen by the league to join champions Oadby Town and runners-up Eynesbury Rovers in the top tier following a reshuffle due to the Football Association moving teams around from league to league.
Along with the two top sides, Harrowby performed consistently higher than the rest of the Division One contenders throughout the season – finishing 13 points above fourth-placed Northampton Spencer – and chairman Ian Weatherstone said they could walk into the Premier League with their heads held high.
He said: “We proved ourselves with the quality of our lads and a never-say-die attitude that is reflected throughout the club.”
Mr Weatherstone said the promotion was great news for the club and the town, and the Premier League even has the bonus of less travelling: “All in all, it’s good news.”
The current Arrows went into the UCL Division One in the 2012-13 season and finished in a very creditable sixth place. Mr Weatherstone said the team would be setting out to use their first season in the Premier as a consolidation year, with a minimum aim of staying up.
Mr Weatherstone said he was pleased his ethos of “local lads playing for a local team” had borne fruit and added that the players had a fantastic reaction to the news of their promotion.
He said the Arrows’ management duo of Mark Fardell and Jay Harrison know most of the talent available in the Grantham area, but said prospective players often approach the club and should turn up at training if they think they might be up to the standard required.
Alternatively call Mark on 07954 323147 or Jay on 07841 027971.