Barry Town United: 'Shambolic' meeting causes council resignation

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FAW president considers resignation

A refusal to discuss the futures of Barry Town United AFC and AFC Llanelli at a "shambolic" Football Association of Wales meeting has led to the resignation of a key council member.

Andrew Edwards, the Welsh Premier League's board representative, quit after Tuesday's meeting in Caersws.

Both clubs had hoped to be reinstated into the Welsh league structure.

But councillors voted to not hear either case, a decision Edwards said wasted "a chance to right a wrong".

Welsh Premier League club Llanelli AFC was wound up at the High Court because of a £21,000 tax debt with the supporters forming a new team, AFC Llanelli.

Barry Town owner Stuart Lovering withdrew his club from Welsh League Division One near the end of last season, before fans helped the club reform as Barry Town United AFC.

The new club are now seeking legal advice after the decision which would see them drop down to the bottom of Welsh football.

The FAW met to consider bids for the new clubs to have their full membership restored, but the 29 elected FAW councillors voted 15-14 against discussing any new evidence.

"I thought fair play to the FAW for calling the meeting," said Edwards, who is also the Port Talbot Town chairman.

"It was an ideal opportunity and a chance to right a wrong after the previous council meeting in June, where Barry and Llanelli were told to reform and start in the lower leagues. But it was shambolic."

Barry's new club had hoped to be readmitted into Welsh League Division Three - two divisions lower than where they played last season. Llanelli's phoenix club were also hoping to start life at the same level.