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Promotion and Relegation Part 3

Step 4 Promotions to the Bostik League Premier Division

Finally, I look at who may possibly be coming into the Bostik League Premier Division having been promoted from Step 4, but the reorganisation at the start of this season has caused major issues and two clubs who win the Step 4 Play-Offs won’t be promoted.

The reason for this is that the four Step 3 Divisions (Bostik League Premier Division, Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division, Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Central Division and Evo-Stik Southern League Premier South Division) will each relegate three clubs to give a total of TWELVE going down over the four. But, there are seven Step 4 Divisions (Bostik League North Division, Bostik League South Central Division, Bostik League South East Division, Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division, Northern Premier League West Division, Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central and Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South) which means if the Champions and the Play-Off winners were promoted from each Division there would be FOURTEEN clubs.

So, a decision was made that the seven Divisional Champions would be promoted along with the five Play-Off winners with the best PPG, meaning that the two clubs with the lowest PPG won’t be promoted despite winning their Play-Offs. A better solution may have been to promote the seven Champions plus the three Play-Off winners with the best PPG and then the remaining four Play-Off winning teams with the lower PPG have their own Super Play-Offs with the two with the best PPG having home advantage, at least the the places would all then have been decided on the pitch.

Nevertheless, we are where we are, so who looks like they are going to be promoted? Firstly as Champions and then through the Play-Offs, and more importantly, who isn’t going to get promoted and it may be bad news for one Bostik League club at Step 4.

Currently, the positions in the seven feeder Leagues after last Saturday’s results are as below, I’ve included all the teams that still have a reasonable chance of making the Play-Offs, the reason why Bostik League North Division has just the top five shown is because none can be overtaken and so they are playing for the higher League place and a home tie in the Play-Off Semi-Finals. Clubs marked with a ‘C’ are already Champions and so are promoted as such.

The current standings in the seven feeder Divisions are as follows;

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division (38 games to be played)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

1

Morpeth Town

33

76

2.303

2

Pontefract Collieries

33

66

2.000

3

Ossett United

34

62

1.824

4

Brighouse Town

34

62

1.824

5

Sheffield FC

34

62

1.824

6

Tadcaster Albion

34

56

1.647

7

Cleethorpes Town

33

52

1.576

8

Maerske United

33

51

1.545

9

Belper Town

34

51

1.500

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League West Division (38 games to be played)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

1

Radcliffe FC

34

71

2.088

2

Atherton Collieries

33

69

2.091

3

Ramsbottom United

35

67

1.914

4

Runcorn Linnets

34

65

1.912

5

Leek Town

33

61

1.848

6

Colne

32

58

1.813

7

Mossley

33

58

1.758

8

Prescott Cables

33

57

1.727

9

Trafford

34

56

1.647

Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central (38 games to be played)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

1

Peterborough Sports

34

85

2.500

2

Bromsgrove Sporting

34

78

2.294

3

Corby Town

34

71

2.088

4

Bedford Town

34

56

1.647

5

Didcot Town

34

55

1.618

6

Berkhamsted

34

52

1.529

7

Sutton Coldfield Town

34

52

1.529

8

Thame United

34

52

1.529

9

Coleshill Town

34

50

1.471

Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South (38 games to be played)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

1

Blackfield & Langley

34

73

2.147

2

Yate Town

34

72

2.118

3

Moneyfields

34

67

1.971

4

Cirencester Town

34

65

1.912

5

Cinderford Town

34

61

1.794

6

Winchester City

33

60

1.818

7

Evesham United

35

60

1.714

Bostik League North Division (38 games to be played)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

C

Bowers & Pitsea

34

86

2.529

2

Maldon & Tiptree

34

71

2.088

3

Aveley

34

68

2.000

4

Heybridge Swifts

34

68

2.000

5

Coggeshall Town

34

65

1.912

Bostik League South Central Division (38 games to be played)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

C

Hayes & Yeading

34

85

2.500

2

Bracknell Town

33

68

2.061

3

Cheshunt

34

64

1.882

4

Marlow

33

63

1.909

5

Westfield

34

61

1.794

6

Ware

34

57

1.676

7

Tooting & Mitcham United

34

57

1.676

Bostik League South East Division (only 36 games to be played following the withdrawal of Thamesmead Town)

 

 

P

Pts

PPG

1

Cray Wanderers

32

73

2.281

2

Horsham

33

65

1.970

3

Hastings United

32

62

1.938

4

Ashford United

32

61

1.906

5

Haywards Heath Town

32

59

1.844

6

VCD Athletic

32

53

1.656

Again, for the purpose of giving an idea of who would go up, I’m taking the above as final tables, although of course they are likely to change in the four or five remaining games.

As far as promotion to the Bostik Premier is concerned, it would normally be expected that the Champions of the three Bostik League Step 4 Divisions would be promoted into it, but I would expect in this case, that those that won the North Division (Bowers & Pitsea) and the South East (Cray Wanderers) to join us, but the South Central winners (Hayes & Yeading United) to go into one of the Evo-Stik Southern Leagues (probably the Premier South).

So, that is seven of the promotion places taken care of with the Champions, what about the other five? If we take the current 2nd placed team in each Division as the Play-Off winners, that would mean as per the table below, that the Bostik League South East Division side wouldn’t be promoted due to a low PPG (told you it was bad news!), although of course there are likely to be many variables concerning who goes up depending on which placed team wins the Play-Offs and their PPG average.

 

League

P

Pts

PPG

Bromsgrove Sporting

SL Div 1 Cent

34

78

2.294

Yate Town

SL Div 1 Sth

34

72

2.118

Atherton Collieries

NPL West

33

69

2.091

Maldon & Tiptree

IL North

34

71

2.088

Bracknell Town

IL Sth Cent

33

68

2.061

Pontefract Collieries

NPL East

33

66

2.000

Horsham

IL Sth East

33

65

1.970

Play-Off Dates

The dates for the Play-Offs within the Bostik League at Step 4 level are as follows;

  • Monday 29th April                    -              South East Semi Finals
  • Tuesday 30th April                   -              South Central Semi Finals
  • Wednesday 1st May                -              North Division Semi-Finals
  • Friday 3rd May                        -              South East Division FINAL
  • Saturday 4th May                    -              South Central Division FINAL
  • Sunday 5th May                       -              North Division FINAL

So, what does this all mean?

Easy answer, no idea as it’s all down to guesswork at the moment! But this is what the Bostik League Premier Division could look like next season. Again I’ve assumed that Metropolitan Police will beat Haringey in the Super Play-Offs, no real reason except home advantage! Plus I’ve also heard rumours that Hendon may be swapped back into the Bostik League, replacing Bishop’s Stortford who in turn may be returning to the Evo-Stik Southern League.

So that leaves the constitution as; Bognor Regis Town, Bowers & Pitsea (promoted from Bostik League North Division), Brightlingsea Regent, Carshalton Athletic, Corinthian-Casuals, Cray Wanderers (promoted from Bostik League South Division), East Thurrock United (relegated from Vanarama National League South), Enfield Town, Folkestone Invicta, Haringey Borough, Hendon (switched from Evo-Stik Southern League Premier South Division), Hornchurch (formerly AFC Hornchurch), Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Lewes, Maldon & Tiptree (promoted from Bostik League North Division), Margate, Merstham, Potters Bar Town, Tonbridge Angels, Wingate & Finchley and Worthing.   

Well that’s it, although as mentioned, it is important to remember however, that I’m sure some clubs will get reprieved for one reason or another, so things won’t be finalised until the relevant Leagues have had their Annual General Meetings (scheduled for June) and the constitutions agreed.