PENMAENMAWR Phoenix were not allocated a place in the new Tier 3 North West League despite securing the necessary criteria.

The former Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division Two side have been working exceptionally hard behind the scenes in recent months, and the Football Association of Wales gave them their Tier 3 licence following a successful appeal.

This represents a significant achievement from the club, who will now be in a position to secure promotion to the third tier if they make a claim for the Tier 4 crown next season.

Manager Martyn Jones, said: “Some unbelievable work gone on at Cae Sling over the last six months to reach this decision. I am proud of everyone involved.

“Although we won’t be playing in Tier 3 next season it is still a great achievement for the club regardless of the decision made.”

A large number of squad members have also agreed to remain at the club next season, with talented forward Alfie Caldecott set to spearhead their expected promotion charge.

He will be aided at the business end of the pitch by striker Mike Lundstram, who is another that has committed for the upcoming campaign.

The veteran brings a wealth of goalscoring prowess following stints at various clubs across the region, and his experience will be crucial to any success that comes their way.

Ethan Jones, Aaron Keating, Matthew Hunt and Brad Evans are other than will re-sign once forms become available, with the gifted duo of Jordan Naylor and Daniel Williams also set to play a significant part.

Phoenix will also have the skills of Julian Cleary, Joel Hewitt, Callum Johnston, Scott Hall, James Lansdowne, Tom Prince, Adam Hunt and Cory Young to call upon during the campaign, with the club set to resume training soon after receiving the green light from the Welsh Government and FAW.