Does anyone know for certain (rather than guesses, which we can all make), what we have to do to get promotion through the play offs - I know if we finish second to fifth that we have to come through two games to win our division play off, but I am pretty sure that we would then face another team from another division to make the National League South.
I have no idea if we qualify and win our divisional play off who we would then face, or whether this would be a one off game at home, away or a neutral venue, or a 2 leg tie, which of course also begs the question of if it is 2 legs, who gets to play at home first, or how long will be scheduled for these extra three or four matches.
This info must be out somewhere I assume, but I can't find anything on our league's website, or the national league's website, other than that three (and not four) teams are going down from National League South, which mathematically means eight teams from two leagues will be competing for one promotion slot. Don't really get why it isn't four down from the National League South, as it seems tough to only have one and a half teams coming up per division.
Anyhow look forward to some answers with interest. I didn't see us making the play offs up until our last few results, but it looks very possible now - well done to Tom K and the players for our much improved form.
Thanks for the updates to my thread, and in particular to John (Anderson) - I had wondered what they would do with whoever wins the two play offs - PPG will mean a big advantage of playing at home, for whoever wins each divisional play off and has the better record on that.
In response, I haven't been on the beers but yes I am optimistic we will make the top five - that is what I thought would happen at the start of the season, with Salisbury getting the automatic spot - but like lots of others, I became despondent when our form dipped, but now can see some bright lights at the end of the tunnel, just hoping it is not an express train.
Post by Heyshamdolphin on Feb 11, 2019 11:23:17 GMT
"... not an express train" or a flame thrower eh? You're right to be optimistic Andy.
As for the play-offs, they'd be a lot less complex and protracted if the Southern League hadn't been re-organised. I must say that I like Wimborne's method of progress - finish below a promotion place and get promoted (ground grading problems for the club above) OR lose the play-off final and get promoted anyway (re-organisation of the SL). It should be called the "Cuthbury Blessing."
Post by Choirboy Dave on Feb 11, 2019 12:57:52 GMT
I still believe we can still win this league. Yes I know the 15 point gap to Taunton at the top is going to be difficult to close. But even if we don't with PPG we just need to pick up as many as we can, to ensure it is us. And John your Brother Jake says on the FA Statement it is alright now. 🤔😉