Hold on a second…we thought Weymouth were coming to The Racecourse with nothing to play for, but it turns out they might stay up after all! According to their new chairman Ian Ridley
, there’s talk that a team which has survived the battle against the drop might want to take a voluntary demotion, meaning the side in fourth bottom will stay up, so a win today and a defeat for Woking would save them.
There’s a well-established precedent for this, of course, as Altrincham survived the last three seasons by virtue of the collapse of others sides, and teams do take voluntary demotions in non-league when they outstretch themselves, although it’s a surprise to see it happen in the Premier-and an indication of the extent of our fall from grace that we might be in the same league as a team in those circumstances.
I assume-and it is just an assumption as this isn’t a rumour I’d come across before-is that there’s an 80% shot that it’s Grays Athletic, whose chairman/owner/occasional manager/benefactor/dictator Mick Woodward is prone to sudden dramatic decisions. Otherwise, I guess Salisbury might think that way, unless I suspect not as they seem committed to keep going by running themselves within their means and seeing where it takes them.
If it is one of those, I have to point out that it means we’ve dropped points to a side which doesn’t want to play at our level, which is a depressing thought. Mind you, we probably have if it isn’t one of those too!