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Team Bath resign from Conference

Blue Square South

Blue Square South side Team Bath are to resign from the Football Conference at the end of the season.

The constitution of the university club does not fall within Conference regulations and as a result they are barred from winning promotion.

"The Conference's decision means the club has gone as far as it can go without making significant changes to its structure," said manager Ged Roddy.

The club has also had to give up its membership of FA Cup competitions.

Team Bath were the first university side to reach the first round of the FA Cup in 122 years in 2002 and have matched that achievement twice more since.

They are currently ninth in Blue Square South, having won promotion to the second tier of non-league football last season and face Twerton Park landlords Bath City on Saturday.

Roddy added: "Team Bath has been an ambitious club and our long-term goal has always been to secure a place in the Football League.

"Unfortunately the Conference said that no further promotions would be possible, thereby denying us the opportunity to progress.

"Our dream has always been to promote a student football team into the Football League."

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