Mildenhall Town’s Recreation Way ground has ticked all of the necessary boxes for promotion to the Ryman League, with the club awaiting official confirmation from the Football Association that they are permitted to ply their trade at Step Four.
Back in November 2016, chairman Martin Tuck revealed to us that the club’s town centre base required improvements worth an estimated £30,000 to comply with the regulations of football one level higher, all of which has now been completed.
An inspection was carried out on Friday by representatives from The FA and the Ryman League, both of whom recommended that Mildenhall’s bid for promotion should be accepted providing they go on to win the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title this season.
The situation has now been left in the hands of the game’s governing body to rubber stamp the paperwork.
On the pitch, Mildenhall took a big stride towards clinching the title on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Kirkley & Pakefield, while nearest challengers Felixstowe & Walton United and Gorleston both dropped points.
With five matches left to play, Dean Greygoose’s league leaders have a 12-point lead over Felixstowe, who have two games in hand, whereas Gorleston are a point further back having played three matches less.
Meanwhile, near-neighbours Newmarket Town are also working towards getting their Ridgeons Stadium facility up to Step Four status.
External toilets, new seating and an extra turnstile are all due to be in place in time for Friday’s deadline, with their inspection set to take place at 9am on Saturday, April 1.
Only the team that finishes top is guaranteed promotion, meaning fourth-placed Newmarket — level on points with Gorleston having played two more games — are unlikely to make the move up this year.
However, they have decided to get the work done now in case either a restructuring of the division or teams being relegated into the Thurlow Nunn League opens up the door.