Carlsberg South West Peninsula League officials have confirmed that they have received applications from 14 clubs for promotion this season.
Six clubs from the division ones east and west (Step 7) have applied for promotion to the premier division with four west sides and two east sides looking to step up.
In division one west Helston Athletic, Callington Town, Truro City Reserves and Wadebridge Town have applied for promotion to the CSWPL top flight.
Helston are currently the highest placed team to apply, though they have to finish in the top three to be considered for promotion. None of the top three, Mousehole, Sticker and Dobwalls, have applied for promotion. Helston are fourth in the table, one point behind Dobwalls but with three games in hand.
In a statement released this morning, the CSWPL said: “The board of the league is delighted with the response and the wide variety of clubs from across the region, which shows the league is able to attract interest from ambitious clubs looking to progress.”
Eight clubs in the feeder leagues have applied for promotion to the east and west divisions. Four clubs from Cornwall and five from Devon have applied with the Cornish interest led by Combination League leaders Illogan RBL as well as Ludgvan, who sit in second spot in the same league and third-placed Wendron.
Millbrook of the East Cornwall League are looking to come back into the SWP from the East Cornwall League where they are currently in ninth but with games in hand on seven of the eight sides above them.
CSWPL officials are delighted with the interest clubs have made in making the step up this season.
The statement added: “It is really pleasing that these applications are spread over five different feeder leagues, again showing that the east and west system of regionalising has massive benefits in acting as a stepping stone from the feeder leagues into the national league system.
“Both the east and west currently have 16 clubs in each division, although rules allow for each to have a maximum of 18, decisions about numbers will be made once these applications have been dealt with on merit.
“The league can take one club from any individual feeder league and clubs need to finish in the top three as a minimum, although with a likely maximum of four places available this year clubs should be aiming to finish as high as possible as rules dictate that a champion of one feeder takes preference over the runner-up of another league.”
LIST OF APPLICANT CLUBS:
STEP 7 to STEP 6: Callington Town, Galmpton United, Helston Athletic, Stoke Gabriel, Truro City, Wadebridge Town.
FEEDERS to STEP 7: Braunton, Brixham, Illogan RBL, Ludgvan, Millbrook, Newtown, St Martins, Torrington and Wendron.