I'm sure there have been many teams that have left the CCL for one reason or another and no doubt their demise would have impacted on other club's history however I don't see you moaning about them. You obviously have a very large CHIP on your shoulder when it comes to Guernsey. Either grow up and accept the fact that Guernsey are no different to other clubs wanting to better themselves or get back in the sandpit and play with the other juniors.
I guess after Blackppol failed to sell all their tickets for the Championship play off they should move that game too. Or how about the Semi final of the FA Cup after Wigan failed to seel their allocations ?
In which case 12 points guarantees a place in the top 2 second places (10 points only gives you joint 2nd and the FA haven't stated they'll look at GD to separate teams on identical ppg.) No pressure then - 4 wins it is
Great news for us. Fred, Bommie and GF, you are mines of information. Don't think I'll be taking anything for granted till I see it in print from the FA mind. REALLY looking forward to this weekend now. Could be a lot of fun now eh, HKP?
What is confirmed is that Step 4 need 16 teams promoted from Step 5 in order for the FA to achieve their plan. Only 12 of the 14 Step 5 League can provide candidates. The FA have also stated that additional teams required to fill those Step 4 places will be taken from 2nd placed teams in 7 Leagues that feed the Ryman catchment area. Only 5 of those 7 Leagues can provide a 2nd placed team. GFC need to be one of the top 4 of those 5. GFC require just 2 more points to achieve just that.
Of the 16 (maybe 17 spots) available we now appear to know eleven of them.
Promoted as Champions:
Dereham Town - Eastern Counties, Burnham Ramblers - Essex Senior, Erith & Belvedere - Kent, Dunstable Town - South Midlands (unbeaten league record!), Marlow - Hellenic, Stratford Town - Midland Alliance, Scarborough Athletic - NCEL,
Darlington 1883 - Northern League
plus three who will either be second or are not yet guaranteed the title:
Egham Town - CCL, VCD Athletic - Kent, Aylesbury United - South Midlands
There are also three other leagues that have not yet determined their Champion or in the case of the United Counties League, the best runner up to Holbeach who did not apply for promotion. These are:
Peacehaven or Redhill - Sussex, Padiham or Bootle - NWC, St Ives or Spalding United - UCL
The first two of these require massive goal difference swings to change so we can assume Peacehaven and Padiham are up while a win for St Ives on Saturday is vital or Spalding will pass them with a win of their own.
Assuming Egham win the title (which they will do with either a win on Saturday or a Guernsey draw or loss in any of their four games) then there are two (or maybe three) more second placed spots available and here is the current PPG:
It looks like Barkingside are out of it, so if we do have 17 spots then the other three will go up. However, if just two go up, which could happen if the FA decide to reprieve Walton Casuals then it is very tight for Guernsey who have most games to play and therefore most potential for their PPG to drop.
Guernsey - Dorking (H) 21st, Hartley Wintney (H) 19th, Epsom & Ewell (H) 4th, Farnham Town (H) 11th
Redhill - East Preston (A) 4th, Hailsham Town (H) 13th
Right now the only guarantee is that if Guernsey finish with a PPG above 2.184 they will guarantee promotion. That means they need 92 points, or 8 points from 4 games.
If Redhill lose their big game at East Preston on Saturday, then the most they can get is 90 points, or PPG 2.143, which means firstly that Wisbech would then be promoted, and that Guernsey would then only require 90 points for promotion as they have a better GD than Redhill, who would also probably then finish behind the non-applying East Preston in third but I don't know whether it is ppg or league position that is the tie breaker with the FA. VPCTFC any clues?
Guernsey fans in particular may be interested in @Redhillfc on twitter, while East Preston do not appear to have a twitter feed but are on http://www.eastprestonfc.co.uk/
If GFC beat Dorking on Friday then a win for them over Hartley on Saturday coupled with a Redhill loss would guarantee promotion as far as I can tell. Unless anyone else knows different!