Bishop's Stortford and Brackley are both in the BSN so by comparison by Corby are a genuine northern club.
yeah they are i think bishop stortford is in hertfordshire, near me. So much for regional leagues ehy. The blue square north should not be south of birmingham
Correct, but only just.
According to Google Earth, which I accept will not be 100% accurate, the south west corner of Woodside Park is in Essex.
Interestingly, the Google Earth shot of Woodside Park shows it in its previous more profitable and pre-legal action existence as a car park for Stansted Airport.
I agree about the north/south divide though.
The problem is that England (and Wales) gets much bigger the further south you go and with the Isthmian League and the Southern League covering the bottom half of the country, we are always going to have more 'southern' teams qualifying for Step 2 than 'northern' teams.
The same applies to the Step 5 to Step 4 progression, which is why our New Year's Day 'derby' (January 2nd actually) this year was the 200 mile, five hour round trip to Stamford.
As far as I can see, the only solution would be the introduction of genuine 'Midland Leagues' covering Step 2 and Steps 3 & 4.