EBAC Northern League champions Shildon AFC have confirmed that their Management Team have resigned.
Chairman David Dent stated “Whilst the circumstances could have been better Gary (Forrest) and Stuart (Niven) have made an enormous contribution to Shildon AFC over the last few years and we wish them every success in the future”
Shildon have announced that they won’t take promotion at the end of the season, even if they win the Ebac Northern League First Division title.
The deadline is the end of November for clubs to inform the FA that they would like to take promotion to Step 4 – in Shildon’s case it would be the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North – but they won’t be filling out an FA application form.
Director David Dent said: “We are only half way through our `Three Year Growth Plan` and despite some fantastic improvements both on and off the field, we believe that the time is not right to make the step up through the leagues. A decision on our ground will not be made until the 21st December and whether we stay at Dean Street or leave, improvements would have to be made to support our progression to Step 4.
League newcomers Washington swept an abject Shildon aside in a one sided affair at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex. Shildon were out-thought, out-manoeuvred out-fought and out of sorts as a physical and pacy Washington took no notice of the title-favourites tag of their visitors.
It didn’t help Shildon’s cause that their third choice keeper, Jake Johnson, who was the only one available to them on the night, was forced to play while injured, but while injury may have prevented him from leaving his line at times, there was no excuse for the back four to leave two Washington players unmarked for their third and fourth goals.
With such a scoreline, one would be forgiven for concluding that this was a one sided affair, but that would be to ignore some clear chances for the visitors, including an effort denied by the woodwork.
It would also be to ignore that Shildon toiled for the first half hour, unable to find a rhythm to their play and struggling to make decisive inroads into the opposing half. Crossing the ball early seemed a particular difficulty.
Shildon maintained their 100% start to the league season with a single goal win over the only other remaining team in the league with a perfect record.
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