Radnor Valley and Hay St Marys’ hopes of promotion to Tier Three in the Welsh football pyramid system are hanging in the balance. Both clubs last week saw their applications for a Tier Three Licence refused by The FAW.

FAW Tier Three Licensing is a mandatory requirement for clubs to participate in Tier Three of the pyramid system for the 2023-2024 season. Clubs are assessed against a number of infrastructure and personnel criteria.

Radnor and Hay finished top two in the MMP Central Wales League (South) while in the Central Wales League (North), Abermule, Barmouth and Llansantffraid Village also saw applications refused. All clubs have 10 days to submit a right of appeal. Throughout Wales, 33 clubs have had Tier Three Licence Applications refused including current Ardal League North East clubs, Dolgellau, Llanrhaeadr and Penycae.

Hay chairman, Steve Jenkins is confident The Saints will gain their licence on appeal with just one or two points to address. Radnor Valley are also set to appeal but they still have work to do on upgrading facilities in order to obtain the licence.