Slimbridge AFC have finally had their promotion to the Southern League Division One South and West confirmed by the FA.

They won 5-0 at Willand Rovers on the final day of the season to secure a third place finish in the Western League Premier Division but have been awaiting confirmation on their promotion since.

Slimbridge Manager, Leon Sterling, paid tribute to his team.

"It hasn’t really sunk in yet," said Leon as the news started to circulate of the team’s success and the FA decision.

"It’s a massive achievement for the club and a great opportunity for the lads to test themselves at a higher level.

"All credit to the boys, I may be the manager, but you are only as good as the players at your disposal.

"Every single one of the lads played their part this season and they are now getting their reward.

"I have always tried to give local lads opportunities and it just goes to show that if you let them have a chance and let them grow, this is what you can achieve.

"I was part of the last team that were promoted to this level, even though events meant that we did not take the opportunity to move up, and I know that we have a lot of work to be done.

"I know how hard the club will be working off the pitch to support the team."

When asked about his expectations for next season, Leon said: "We’ll be going into it with our eyes wide open.

"We know we need to adapt quickly, as we will be being tested at a higher level, but I’m not setting any targets at this stage.

"We will see where we are after ten games.

"I’m pleased that there will be some good local games for our fans to enjoy.

"This is the highest level that this football club has ever played at and I hope that the whole club can enjoy that experience."