EAST Preston Football Club have sealed promotion back into County League Division 1.
Despite having eight games left to play, runaway leaders EP have ensured they will return to the top flight next season for the first time since 2009.
They have been on the brink for the past few weeks, but it was confirmed last night (Wednesday) without them even playing, as Southwick’s draw with Littlehampton meant Golds can no longer catch the leaders.
EP manager Dominic Di Paola, who took over in the summer from Worthing United where he and his management team had also sealed promotion to Division 1, was delighted with the news and wants his side to now turn their attention to the title.
He said: “It is brilliant that we have got that hurdle out the way, it takes the pressure off and we are all really pleased.
“To do it so early as well is quite impressive and I can’t imagine too many have. Credit goes to everyone at the club, especially the players, who it is really all down to.
“They have continued to grind out the results, which means we can now focus on the title.”
Di Paola also hailed the help of assistants and coaches Ian Browne, Jan Miller, Adam Westwood and Nick Wannacott.
For more from Di Paola and his and the club’s aims for next season and the future, pick up next Thursday’s Littlehampton Gazette.