Lowestoft Town and King’s Lynn Town could be in same division under plans for non-league shake-up

PUBLISHED: 10:24 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 28 February 2018

Lowestoft Town boss Dale Brooks may be pitting his wits against King's Lynn Town and Ian Culverhouse next season. Picture: Archant

Lowestoft Town boss Dale Brooks may be pitting his wits against King's Lynn Town and Ian Culverhouse next season. Picture: Archant

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Lowestoft Town and King’s Lynn Town could find themselves in the same league next season as part of the National League System shake-up.

Ian Culverhouse's King's Lynn Town side take on Slough Town in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier on Tuesday evening. Picture: Ian BurtIan Culverhouse's King's Lynn Town side take on Slough Town in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier on Tuesday evening. Picture: Ian Burt

Under plans revealed by the FA’s Leagues Committee there are to be four divisions at step three level, where both the Blues and the Linnets currently operate.

Under the new system King’s Lynn and Lowestoft would be in a league under the Southern League’s organisation, running from the east coast to the west of Birmingham, potentially meaning a lot more travel for Dale Brooks’ Lowestoft.

There will be three other divisions at that level – a north division (under Northern League administration), a south west division (Southern League) and a south east division (Isthmian League).

The current campaign is just reaching the business end and it remains to be seen what level both Lowestoft and King’s Lynn will be operating in next season.

Lynn are battling for promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier and are likely to at least make the play-offs as they look to win promotion to step two and the National League set-up.

Lowestoft meanwhile are battling to preserve their step three status in the Bostik Premier Division.

Lower down both Dereham Town and Norwich United could also be affected by the new plans if they stay at step four of the non league ladder next season but they will remain within the Isthmian League (Bostik) structure. Geographically they shouldn’t have to travel any further than just west of Cambridge and the outskirts of London.

These plans were discussed at a Leagues Committee meeting at the start of February.

The decision was taken after hearing the results of two exercises, the first using the tables at the end of last season (2016/17) and the second based on the tables as of January 2 2018.

It is emphasised by the FA that, for the time being, this is a guide only and they have deliberately not included names of clubs because the full allocation can only be made when the identities of the constituent clubs are known.

It is clarified that this is for season 2018/19 and the make-up of clubs in future seasons may alter this approach.

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