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Football: FAW resolve safety certificate row but Airbus must appeal for Welsh Premier license

AIRBUS UK Broughton’s Welsh Premier League future will be decided in 11 days after the Football Association of Wales agreed to alter their stadium requirements.

Airbus are the only Flintshire side who finished in the Super 12 – the top 10 in the Welsh Premier – but their application to join next year’s restructured top flight was rejected after Flintshire County Council refused to issue the safety certificate – a minimum requirement in order for the FAW to issue clubs with a domestic licence to compete.

Now however, with teams in Flintshire and Gwynedd both experiencing difficulties and the prospect that clubs could still force an EGM to oppose the Super 12, the FAW has agreed to allow a certificate, issued by local authority building control, to be admitted as proof of safety.

“We have been in talks about the problem,” said FAW domestic licence officer Andrew Howard.

“It is acceptable to us that building control issues a certificate.”

That is not the end of the battle for Airbus however.

As they missed the original deadline for acceptance they must now put their case to an appeals panel and convince them to issue a domestic licence.

“The club will have to present their case on May 17 to the panel who will decide whether or not to issue a licence," said Howard.

Airbus continue to remain silent on the matter.

Rhydymwyn won the Welsh Alliance title without kicking a ball on Saturday as main rivals Glan Conwy could manage only a draw.

Glan needed to win all their games in hand to catch Rhyd and threw the kitchen sink at hosts Blaneau Ffestiniog, but 3-3 was not enough as Rhyd were handed the title.

Holywell Town lost 1-0 to Llanberis.

With the pressure off, Rhyd went to Conwy United on Monday where they played out a 1-1 draw, Sam Jones giving the champions the lead before an 80th minute equaliser from Toby Jones.

Holywell Town also drew, finishing 1-1 at Barmouth after Town’s Steve Thomas cancelled out Shane Jones’ strike.

Bottom side Halkyn were roundly beaten 12-0 by Llandudno Junction.