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Promotion and Relegation Part 2

Promotion and Relegation from the Bostik League Premier Division

So, who will leaving the Bostik League Premier Division at the end of the season?

First the easy part! Dorking Wanderers clinched the Bostik League Premier Division Championship last Saturday and so will go up to the Vanarama National League (South) automatically.

The next four teams in 2nd to 5th, then go into the Play-Offs. At this moment in time the clubs from Haringey Borough (2nd with 68 points) to Bognor Regis Town (12th with 55 points) could still mathematically finish in a Play-Off position, as there are still a number of games that involve the top dozen teams playing each other (Invicta have got three in the last four for example).

As usual in the Play-Offs, the Semi-Finals will be between the teams that finished 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th with the highest placed winner being at home in the Play-Off Final. These Semi-Finals are scheduled for Thursday 2nd May with the Final on the Bank Holiday Monday 6th May.

However, unlike other seasons, this won’t be the end of it as the Play-Off winners will then have to play in a Super Play-Off against the winners of one of the other Divisions’ Play-Offs. The reason for this, is that due to the reorganisation an extra Division was created for this season at Step Three, so if  the four Divisional Champions and Play-Off winners were all promoted that would be EIGHT teams but as mentioned there is only SIX coming down from the two regional Vanarama National Divisions, therefore there are these two extra Play-offs to cut the number being promoted down to six in all (made up of the four Champions plus two Play-Off winners).

As far as I understand it, the two Super Play-offs will be played on a regional basis, so the Bostik League Premier Division Play-Off winners will play their counterpart in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier South Division, whilst the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central Division Play-Off winners will play their equivalent from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with the teams with the higher Points Per Game (PPG, more of that in Part 3!) being at home.    

At the moment, there are still a number of teams involved in all four Divisions, although as well as Dorking Wanderers, Kettering Town look well placed to win the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central Division and Weymouth are favourites for the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier South Division. The only one really in doubt is the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League as there is only four points separating the top three of Farsley Celtic (77), South Shields (76 and Warrington Town (73).

So for ease in giving an example, I’m going to use the current 2nd placed team in each relevant Division and assume they will win the Play-offs. Their current standings are;

Bostik League Premier Division                 -              Haringey Borough (68 pts/38 games/PPG 1.79)

Evo-Stik SL Premier South Division          -              Metropolitan Police (74 pts/38 games/PPG 1.95)

Evo-Stik SL Premier Central Division        -              Stourbridge (73 pts/38 games/PPG 1.92)

Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division         -              South Shields (76 pts/35 games/PPG 2.17).

So, in the Super Play-Offs, Metropolitan Police would be at home against Haringey Borough and South Shields would entertain Stourbridge, with the two winners going up and the losers staying in their current Division. These games are scheduled for Saturday 11th May.

It’s much easier at the other end of the table as it’s still the bottom three that go down, currently it looks like three out of Wingate & Finchley (37 pts), Burgess Hill Town (35 pts), Whitehawk (34 pts) and Harlow Town (33 pts), with all having four games left to play. The crucial game could be on the last day of the season as Wingate & Finchley are at home against Burgess Hill Town, although Football Web Pages predicts the current bottom three to go down.

If you haven’t got a headache just yet, it may be safe to move onto Part 3! This is where the fun really starts!