Lancing has done well in the SCFL Premier Division in recent seasons / Picture: Stephen Goodger
The FA had already announced that there would be numerous teams being promoted from step six to five and from five to four to create an additional division at level four. Nationwide, more than 100 teams are to be promoted as part of the shake-up, which is designed to create divisions of the same size in the various steps.
Here Lancing was promoted to the Isthmian South East Division, making it the eighth Sussex team in this division.
AFC Varndeanians, Littlehampton Town and Bexhill were promoted from the first division to the SCFL Premier division.
Montpelier Villa moved up to Division 1 while Dorking Wanderers Reserves, Forest Row, Epsom & Ewell and Godalming Town also moved up to Division 1.
Lancing and Bexhill were among the clubs to express their joy. Steve Taylor, chairman of Lancing FC, confirmed that the club had successfully applied to move up to step four next season.
With points per game (PPG) from the last two seasons, which were declared null and void or reduced, Lancing took first place at PPG in both seasons, which guaranteed them promotion.
Taylor said, “I and everyone associated with our club are thrilled and very excited about the challenges ahead. It’s a new adventure on and off the pitch that we’ve been preparing for. The football we played was the most pleasant to watch and PPG has shown how consistent we have been over the two seasons – recognizing two years of hard work and successful results, making sure that the last two campaigns were not played for free.
“The purists will likely argue that it is not an authentic promotion, but no one can deny the effort that the management team, players, committee, supporters and sponsors have put into this wonderful opportunity that is now presented to us. Lancing FC is now celebrating its 80th anniversary as a club and we welcome all members of the local community to join us on this new and exciting journey. “
Joint manager James Rhodes added: “Today’s confirmation of promotion goes to great credit to the guys who have made themselves and the football club proud over the past two seasons at SCFL and who have worked tirelessly both on and off the pitch.
“Kane and I are delighted, together with the rest of the management team, to advance and accept the new challenge of Step 4 football in the Isthmian League. The focus remains on Saturday’s Supplementary Shield final against Loxwood, but this will be a good moral boost for the entire squad. We are excited about what to expect on the way to step 4. “
Ryan Light, Bexhill United manager, says: “This is absolutely fantastic news for everyone with the club. In an ideal world, we would like to have promotion with our fans the traditional way at the end of the season celebrated, but. ” This is definitely the next best thing.
“We have been rewarded for our performance on the field in 34 league games, which is actually more than a standard SCFL Division One season. So it is definitely well deserved. The club waited 28 years to play Step 5 again.” I. I feel like we’ve been ready for the next level for a few years and everyone is very excited about the challenge ahead. “
A total of 20 clubs were promoted in Step 4, 60 clubs in Step 5, and 27 clubs in Step 6.