Ulverstone president Alistair Ollington says his club is "disappointed" with rivals Devonport Strikers' quest for a Women's Super League licence.
Getting on the front foot on Tuesday, Ollington said this was not only because it put his club's place in the competition in some doubt, but due to the impact it could have on soccer in the region.
"We don't believe there is enough space for two Women's Super League teams on the Coast at the moment, so that concern is obviously about coaches and players moving from our club to Devonport and it becoming a 'super club' at the detriment of the other clubs on the Coast, particularly Ulverstone in this case,'' he said.
"Having spoken to Burnie and Somerset as well, there is a sense that if Devonport has WSL and NPL teams the attraction for the other three clubs would be significantly diminished, so the big question is whether it is good for football.
"There is also that selfish sense that we don't want to lose our WSL team and there is that rivalry part of it where we don't want to see Devonport get ahead if it means that we have to go backwards for them to go forwards.
"In the longer term if there was more time for all of the clubs to build their youth development in female football and our Northern Championship teams get stronger where there are sustainable numbers for two women's teams we'd support it, but right at this point, we don't believe there are the numbers here."
The Strikers confirmed on Monday they were keen to explore having a WSL team.