Playing for promotion in Far North Coast soccer
By STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org A TOUCH of English soccer's Championship division will come to Football Far North Coast later this month.
Arguably, the most exciting part of the old English first division is the play-offs between the teams to see which will be promoted to the Premiership. And for one season only, FFNC will do the same.
Normally, the bottom two Premier League teams are relegated and the top two first division teams promoted.
However, with Maclean moving to the Coffs Harbour-based North Coast competition, a third promotion spot is up for grabs.
It means a four-team play-off series, based on rankings, will be held on August 29 and September 4 between Lismore Workers, Alstonville, Tweed Heads and South Lismore.
Lismore Thistles and Pottsville have already won automatic promotion to the Premier League as they sit atop the first division.
Tumbulgum, which is above South Lismore in the first division, decided not to participate.
Workers is the only Premier League side involved after Burringbar were banned from the play-offs for forfeiting a match last weekend.
"I guess the best thing is that the final team in the Premier League will be decided on the field," FFNC general manager Matt Kelso said.
"That is much more desirable than a group of people sitting down to determine the merits of each side.
"The reaction from the clubs has been pretty positive because they realise the opportunity that has been put on the table."
Workers will play Souths and Alstonville will take on Tweed.
The winners will play off in a final on September 4 under lights at Oakes Oval, Lismore. ,