Hitchin Town have announced that, due to Coalville Town’s withdrawal from the Southern Premier League Central, they have been reprieved of their relegation.

The club were initially due to be relegated after finishing 19th in the league, just one point from safety.

In comparison, Coalville Town, who have had to withdraw from the division, finished 11th with 16 more points than Hitchin Town.

This comes after a host of clubs, such as Cirencester and Loughborough Dynamos, also requested voluntary relegation, causing havoc with the FA’s league allocations.

Hitchin Town, said in a statement on Tuesday: “We are pleased to remain at Step 3 as this keeps us performing at a level which will keep us on track with the objectives in our strategy for the next 4 years.

“However, this change of plan undoubtedly comes with some challenges as we have spent the last month preparing for a season at Step 4.

“We have planned budgets, ticketing and player recruitment with this in mind and we are now working to quickly update our planning to ensure we are able to make the best possible preparations for the remaining at Step 3.”

Fans of Hitchin Town were delighted with the news, but are worried that, with the club setting up the season thinking they were being relegated, it may impact their chances.

However most, such as X user Romario__Bebeto, loved the news, saying “Get in there! Let’s get signing some Step 3 players then”.

Despite the club’s caution, they are optimistic about the chance to be back in Step 3.

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