The Pembrokeshire Football League will reduce the number of teams per league to 12 next season - meaning only divisional champions from the 2018/19 season will be promoted.

Following last night's AGM, League Secretary Brian Hawkins contacted all clubs to explain: "The entries in the League had fallen to 60 at the start of the week and there is no way we could continue with 14 in each division, this has now reduced to 59 since.

"It was decided that the League had to reorganise and reduce the numbers to 12 per League (with now 11 in Division 5). Angle are the one new club to feature, re-entering in the bottom tier having folded 12 months ago.

"Due to this it was decided that only the champions would be promoted from last season and whilst you make think this is unfair I hope you will appreciate that this is due to the falling numbers of teams."

Hawkins also confirmed league fixtures would commence from the first Saturday in September, and added games would kick off 2pm next season, with cup matches 1.45pm.

Bitter blows for some sides:

While the reasoning makes sense, inevitably some sides have been left angered having spent more than two months wrongly thinking they had been promoted or survived relegation.

In Division 1, Milford United have now been relegated along with Herbrandston while Kilgetty, who beat Johnston on the final day of the Division 2 season to seemingly gain promotion - have been denied top flight football.

It is worth noting that they did only finish third in the second tier, behind Fishguard and Merlins Bridge 2nds, but the fact The Wizards were ineligible to go up meant they took the second promotion spot.

For Robbie Beynon's side to find out otherwise in July, when pre-season preparations have probably begun, is unfair and the frustration for them and others is understandable.

Beynon himself told Telegraph Sport: "I'm disappointed if I'm honest  - more so for our squad of players who deserve a chance to play in the top tier of Pembrokeshire football.

"But it is what it is we will get our heads down and try and do it the proper way and that's by winning the league and hopefully another good cup run."

The upshot for all involved is it is now a 22 game season, not 26, with less chance of the usual midweek fixture pile ups in April and May.

Below is the new structure for the 2019/20 season, with clarification on those affected.

Division 1:

Monkton Swifts

Merlins Bridge

Goodwick United


Hakin United

Pennar Robins

St Clears

Clarbeston Road



Saundersfoot Sports

Fishguard Sports

Division 2:

Milford United (now relegated)


Merlins Bridge II

Kilgetty (not promoted)

Hakin United II


St Ishmaels

Broad Haven




Pennar Robins II

Division 3:

Camrose (now relegated)

Haverfordwest CC (now relegated)


Monkton Swifts II (not promoted)

Carew II

Goodwick United II

Pembroke Boro


Clarbeston Road II

Milford Athletic

Fishguard Sports II

Cosheston AFC

Division 4:

Narberth II (now relegated)

St Clears II (now relegated)

Milford United II (now relegated)

St Florence

Solva II

Pennar Robins III (not promoted)

Broad Haven II

Haverfordwest CC II

Neyland II

Camrose II

St Ishmaels II


Division 5:

Pembroke Boro II (now relegated)

Hundleton II (now relegated)

Herbrandston II

Kilgetty II

Johnston II (not promoted)

Carew III

Saundersfoot Sports II

Lawrenny II

Milford Athletic II

Newport Tigers


Senior Cup First Round:

Camrose v Merlins Bridge

Neyland v Monkton Swifts

Goodwick United v  Hakin United

Pembroke Boro v Cosheston

Kilgetty v Lawrenny

Milford Athletic v Solva

Pennar Robins v Pendine

Haverfordwest Cricket Club v Hundleton

Clarbeston Road v Letterston

Narberth v St Florence

Fishguard Sports v Broad Haven

Milford United v Saundersfoot Sports

Johnston v Angle

Herbrandston v St Ishmaels

Carew v Tenby

Bye: St Clears