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MORPETH Town has at last had some good news when it got the all clear to remain in the Northern League.

Officials inspected the Craik Park ground earlier this month to ensure the club had met the facilities criteria required by the FA and league, including the health and safety aspect.

Failure to comply would have meant relegation to the Northern Alliance, but the inspection was passed with flying colours.

The club has installed new dugouts and a pay hut, improved lighting and signage, widened the hard standing around the pitch, repaired vandalised seats, improved safety barriers and updated the dressing rooms to a high standard.

Chairman Jim Smith said: “The club wish to thank former players Patrick Gilmartin, Chris Shaw and John Marcon who answered the club’s appeal for help.

“We are also grateful to Brian Winn of Trades Direct Group, James of Spotty Dog Signs, Kevin and staff at Jewsons, Gary of Maxhire and Ray and Cyril of Howdens Joinery, all based at Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, for their vital support.

“The committee would also like to thank the management and players for getting us through a very difficult season.

“Now we’ve got the ground issues sorted out, we are confident of having a much better campaign in 2011/12.”

• On Sunday, Craik Park hosts a charity match, kick-off 11am, between two Post Office teams in aid of Help for Heroes. A collection will take place during the game.