Football: Yeovil return to the Conference as Icis champions

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Macclesfield Town may have been delayed in their quest to win the GM Vauxhall Conference and promotion to the Nationwide League when they were held 3-3 on Wednesday at Halifax, but one non-League club did enjoy big midweek celebrations.

Yeovil Town, whose crowd-pulling power is greater than any other non- League team, won the Icis League with a 2-1 victory at Bromley on Tuesday, and next season will be back in the Conference from which they were relegated in 1995.

Howard Forinton, the striker who is moving to Birmingham City in the summer, scored both goals from the penalty spot. "It was a super climax to a wonderful season," Graham Roberts, Yeovil's player-manager, said. "The lads have been wonderful, and their consistency speaks for itself."

Now the Somerset club, who have 98 points, will attempt to top the ton in tomorrow's all-ticket final game at home to Chertsey.

Altrincham had no reason to celebrate on Tuesday, though. Their 2-1 home defeat to Stevenage confirmed their relegation from the Conference, along with Bromsgrove Rovers.

Either Halifax or Bath City will join them: Bath need to win at home to Northwich tomorrow and hope Halifax do not beat Stevenage. As for Macclesfield, they will win the title if they win at Kettering - anything less and Kidderminster could pip them with a big victory at Gateshead.

Leek Town, who won the UniBond League last week, will join Yeovil in the Conference next term, but who goes up from the Dr Martens League will not be settled until tomorrow.

Gresley Rovers, the champions, did not apply for promotion because their new ground will not be ready in time, so the runners-up will go up.

Cheltenham Town are the favourites to make it, but Gloucester City or even Halesowen Town, if they thrash Nuneaton, could claim the prize if Cheltenham slip up at Burton.