Club declines promotion

By Surrey and Hants News in Football

Four Marks Football Club has turned down the chance to play in the Hampshire Premier Football League’s Premier Division next season.

The club, formed in 1921, earned the right to play in the league’s top tier after winning Division 1 in 2016-17.

The team crowned their season by retaining the Mark Coombs Trophy - the Aldershot Intermediate Cup - with a 3-2 extra time win over Rogate at Aldershot Town’s Recreation Ground.

But within days of that success - and as the club prepared to improve its Four Marks Recreation Ground home to host the higher grade of football - first team manager Luke Bewley stepped down after two seasons in the post.

Four Marks advertised for a manager as soon as he left in mid-May, but nobody suitable came forward.

The club released a statement on Twitter on July 13, which read: “It is with great regret that the club have had to decline promotion to the Hants Premier, due to the lack of applicants for the post of first team manager and players leaving the club after a very successful season last year.”

Any potential new players are invited to attend pre-season training, which begins on July 18 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm. Anyone interested in the manager’s job should call club secretary John Smith, on 07855 548124, or Brian Ford, on 07778 779394.

Godalming Town have seven new players - Piers Oldland, Ben Cotton, Ben Ewing, Luke Elgar, Scott Elgar, Callum Roots and Kieran Wright.

FA Cup extra preliminary round draw: Thatcham Town v Petersfield Town, Farnham Town v Fawley, Badshot Lea v Verwood Town, Godalming Town v Westfield and Sholing v Alresford Town.

In friendlies, Alton lost 1-0 at home to Thatcham Town. Farnham Town beat Ash United 2-0, and their reserves beat Ash reserves 3-2.