Changes facing league sides

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BUGBROOKE St Michaels have turned down promotion to the UCL Premier Division at a time when manager Lee Herbert and his assistant Barry Mead have both left the Birds Close club.

Herbert has joined Sileby Rangers as number two leaving a Bugbrooke outfit which has played in the top flight before and would have had the necessary facilities to compete at step five level once more.

With Daventry United folding, King’s Lynn promoted to the Northern Premier League, Thrapston Town relegated and Northampton Spencer taking voluntary relegation to the UCL Division One, the league’s Premier Division will again have 21 teams.

Harborough Town and Huntingdon Town have both been promoted from Division One to be joined in the Premier Division by relegated NLP clubs Quorn and Shepshed Dynamo.

This means there will now be three Leicestershire clubs in the top division.

The UCL make-up for the 2012-13 season was finalised at a meeting in Yaxley with news that the UCL First Division will be boosted by five new teams.

Newcomers to Division One will be Oadby Town, newly-formed AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Harrowby and Spencer as the UCL celebrates escaping from an FA edict which once threatened to see the league demoted to step six status.