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ANY notions Rugby Town and Daventry Town would be required to move sideways into the Northern Premier League next season were quickly dispelled by this week’s news King’s Lynn will be promoted to the Ryman Division One North.

Initially it was assumed that the Linnets would miss out on promotion after Long Buckby pipped them to the United Counties League championship with a record haul of 108 points.

The FA’s refusal to form a much-needed Midland League now means King’s Lynn will join a Ryman League Division One which is dominated by teams from the faraway London area with a smattering of clubs from south Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

For a derby the Linnets will have to travel 30 miles to Soham or more than 50 miles to Needham Market.

The King’s Lynn saga will only add to the anomolies which see both Gloucester City and Bishop’s Stortford operating in the northern section of the Blue Square League.

At least Daventry and Rugby now look assured of continued presence in the Southern League’s Central Division although even this situation is not ideal because of the preponderence of north London clubs in this section.

One of those clubs, North Greenford United, are currently looking for a new manager after former Crystal Palace player Neil Shipperley called it a day last week.

At step six level AFC Rushden and Diamonds are to be resurrected in the UCL First Division at a time when new Nene Park tenants Kettering Town are due to sell off all the footballing items associated with the forthcoming demolition of Rockingham Road.

Once managed by such legendary figures as Jack Froggatt, Ron Atkinson and Derek Dougan, the relegated Poppies will sell everything from the floodlights to the dug-outs and the stadium seating in the magnificent main stand.