Two applications for teams to join the Scarborough & District Saturday League were approved at tonight’s annual general meeting.
The league also honoured outgoing secretary Geoff Nellist, who retired from his post after 22 years in a management committee role, with the post of life membership to the league.
Commercial, who will be playing at Pindar School, and Sleights Reserves, who will use their first team base at Caedmon School, were both accepted into division three, leaving a constitution of 12 teams in division one and two and 11 in the third division.
Falsgrave were promoted from division two into the top flight, taking Fishburn’s place after their relegation into the second division.
FC Soba, who were the only club not in attendance at the meeting, were promoted into division two alongside Sleights to make up the 12 teams in the second tier as bottom two Cayton and Scalby were allowed to stay put due to their reserve teams operating in the bottom division.
Soba also saw their application to change their team name to United Sports Bar accepted, despite some opposition from member clubs due to their non-attendance.
Division One: Ayton, Eastfield, Edgehill, Falsgrave, Filey, Hunmanby, Newlands, Ryedale, Seamer, Westover, West Pier, Whitby Fishermen’s Society.
Division Two: Cayton, Edgehill Reserves, FC Rosette, Filey Town Reserves, Fishburn, Flixton, Newlands Reserves, Rillington, Scalby, Sleights, Snainton, United Sports Bar.
Division Three: Athletico2B, Ayton Reserves, Cayton Reserves, Commercial, Falsgrave Reserves, Scalby Reserves, Seamer Reserves, Sleights Reserves, Westover Reserves, West Pier Reserves, Whitby RUFC.
Andy Smith was voted in as Nellist’s replacement as league secretary, while John Orrah was nominated as registration secretary after the previous role was split into two.
The management committee are on the hunt for a sixth and final member, while they also need a new treasurer after Martin Daley’s recent resignation.
There were several awards dished out on the night too, with Snainton winning the coveted Sportsmanship Award, while Linesman of the Year went to Flixton manager Mick Stephenson.
There was also a new award handed out for the 2012-13 season, with Al Watson of Rillington Athletic winning the Secretary of the Year award.
The league management committee also honoured Scalby’s centenary season with the presentation of a plaque.
A handful of rule changes were also voted in, with referee’s fees moving up to £20 from £16, and assistant’s fees from £8 to £10.
Entry into the Frank White Trophy will now cost £15, a hike of £5 from the previous cost of £10.
The season will get under way on Saturday September 7 before reaching it’s conclusion by April 30 2014.
The draws for the first rounds of the League Cup, League Trophy and Frank White Trophy were also made. See Thursday’s Scarborough News for the full draws.