The new stand at Newark Flowserve
The new stand at Newark Flowserve

Promotion should be a formality for Newark Flowserve after their facilities were approved for step-six football following an inspection.

Ahead of their match against FC Cavaliers, the club was visited by a ground grading committee, which gave the green light for the Balderton set-up to host the next level of football.

It had been the only potential stumbling block in an otherwise perfect season for the Notts Senior League champions, as club members worked tirelessly to get their facilities up to scratch following success on the field.

Major changes included hard-standing around the pitch, the introduction of a turnstile and a new stand capable of holding 50 seats.

Floodlights, which have gained planning permission from Newark and Sherwood District Council, are due to go up later this year.

Chairman Gary Clarke, who helped set the wheels in motion for Flowserve’s progression, said it had been a been a nerve-wracking experience waiting for approval.

Clarke said: “I have been proud all season and it is a great day, not just for the club but for Newark football as a whole.

“I am only a small piece in it. The lads have conducted themselves brilliantly all year and with all the help off the pitch it has truly been a team effort.

“So many people have chipped in with the big job and little jobs. They deserve to be happy with all that we have managed to achieve.”

'It was nerve-wracking'

Clarke said the process of waiting for the ground-graders to make their assessment was one of the most tense experiences of the season.

“It was nerve-wracking, especially for the first part,” he said.

“We were trying not to look and see what they were pointing at as they went around.

“Thankfully they came back and are going to recommend us for step-six football. That recommendation will go to the FA and hopefully that should see us up.”

Flowserve will have to wait to see which league they will play in because of a major re-structuring of the football pyramid expected at the end of the season.

They are likely to be promoted to the East Midlands Counties League, but could also be moved up into the Northern Counties East League Division One or the United Counties League Division One.