KENDAL Town FC's appeal against the move to the Ebac Northern League has been rejected by the FA, the club has announced. 

A spokesperson from Kendal Town FC said that this has come as 'somewhat of a shock.' 

The Mintcakes had been playing in the North West Counties League but they will now be playing against north-east teams such as Blyth - a 117 mile, two hour drive away, with many other teams in the league around Newcastle and Bishop Auckland.

The league also features closer to home clubs Carlisle City and Penrith. Most of the clubs in the North West Counties Premier Division are based in Manchester and Lancashire. 

The spokesperson said: "As a club, we now face at least one season in the Ebac Northern League, and in order to get back to our natural geography, we need to be promoted."

"Our management team and all club officials have committed to Kendal Town for the 2024/25 season. We're now challenging the people of Kendal to unite behind us in our attempt to get promotion from the Ebac Northern league to the Northern Premier League West and return to where we've always enjoyed our football," the spokesperson added. 

Previously, the FA issued this statement: "We make every effort each season to allocate National League System [NLS] clubs to the most geographically suitable league possible.

"The clubs are allocated to a league based on the step in the NLS that they will be playing in, and their location in the country."