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Football: Gap Connah’s Quay hoping for Welsh Premier League go-ahead

GAP Connah’s Quay have won the Huws Gray Alliance – now they want promotion.

After clinching the title on Saturday, the Nomads will today present their case for a Welsh Premier League licence.

The club failed in last month’s initial application to Welsh football’s elite division due to work being carried out to bring the Deeside Stadium’s floodlights up to the required standard, among other jobs.

Improvements have now been completed and Nomads chairman John Gray is hopeful the club will be given the green light for a league they were relegated from in 2010.

“I’m overjoyed that we’ve won the league, now hopefully we can get back into the Premier Division and move forward,” said Gray.

“We were a bit unfortunate to get relegated and if it wasn’t for Mark and his team, off the pitch as well as on the pitch, and the support of Gary Dewhurst from Gap, I’m sure the club wouldn’t be in the position it is today.

“We are double checking the lights, which are so far away from the football pitch due to the running track we’ve got to put twice as much effort in for them to work properly. Hopefully, we’ll be OK.

“The licence committee wrote to us asking for about 10 different items that needed to be addressed and now we’ve addressed all of them. So if we’ve ticked all of our boxes then they’ll tick ours.”

Nomads hope to have a decision within days.

Mark McGregor’s men topped off a memorable season in which they reached the Welsh Cup semi-finals by landing the Alliance title after nearest rivals Rhyl slipped up again on Saturday.

And Nomads, who have two games remaining, could finish eight points clear after the Belle Vue club completed their fixtures over Easter.

The chairman was full of praise for the work carried out by McGregor, his team and the backroom staff.

“We were top most of the season but our neighbours and good friends Flint did us a favour at the weekend and took six points off Rhyl this season.

“Winning this league has been no mean feat especially when you consider how many clubs came down from the Welsh Premier.

“It’s probably been the strongest Alliance for some time so to go and win it, and quite comfortably in the end, has been good for the club.

“We haven’t won any major competitions for a long while and I think it’s a big sign of the success of the club and where we want to go.”

Connah’s Quay travel to Rhayader on Saturday before their final game of the season at home to Rhydymwyn on Tuesday, May 3 (6.45pm).

“I’d like to see a lot of people from Connah’s Quay turn out and watch us receive the trophy. It would be nice to see a good crowd there.”

The club’s prize night will take place after the game.