ANDY Ballard says Didcot Town may have to resign themselves to travelling an extra 600 miles next season.

Restructuring of the Evo-Stik South League has seen the Railwaymen remain in the West Division for the 2018/19 campaign.

But farcically Cinderford, which is just 14 miles from Wales, were originally placed in the East Division.

They were given a reprieve yesterday afternoon after the withdrawal of Andover Town saw the Gloucestershire club switched to the West section.

However, there are still a number of teams further west who are in the East Division.

Evesham United, who are 53 miles from Didcot, are among those clubs.

The Railwaymen are also without an Oxfordshire derby, with North Leigh and Kidlington moving to the East league.

Didcot, who appealed against the original allocation, are yet to decide on whether they will submit another request to move divisions.

Manager Ballard insists the club may have to come to terms with the decision.

He said: “The club have not had confirmation of our appeal being refused.

“But it looks likely we will be in the West next season.

“I think we’re resigned to it and we get on with it.”

Ballard added: “Appealing again would be a discussion we would have to have as a club, I don’t know if we will.

“We have already budgeted for being in the West.

“It’s just frustrating.

“The South League system was supposed to cut down on mileage, but we’ve got more than last year.

“That’s what hurts the most.”

Remaining in the West Division would see Didcot travel as far as Barnstaple and Bideford, which are both more than 330-mile round trips.

Moving across to the East, would set their longest journey at 206 miles for an away game at Peterborough Sports who, along with Yaxley, were added to the league yesterday.

This comes after it was announced Chasetown, who were originally put in the East, would be staying in the Northern Premier League West.

Ballard said: “Mileage is probably the biggest issue.

“You would also lose out on your local derbies.

“I don’t think it will matter too much, but it is always good for bragging rights to keep them involved with us.

“We struggle with finances due to lower attendances and the travelling we have to do.”

The Oxford Mail asked the FA and the South League to comment, but have not received a reply.