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Reprieve or Extra Promotion Place: Non-League Promotion Race Takes Another Turn!

Following the confirmation that Step 3 Thurrock FC are folding at the end of the season, their are several questions that have been thrown up. Should sides be reprieved or an extra promotion place granted?

As seen in Peter Millers excellent spreadsheet,it states the following:

Ossett Town and Ossett Albion (both Step 4) are to merge, subject to league and FA approval. This vacancy at Step 4 SHOULD be taken by a 13th club being promoted from Step 5.
Shortwood United are resigning from Southern D1 West at the end of the season. This will mean another club will be promoted from Step 5.
Thurrock (Step 3) are folding at the end of the season. Therefore another additional club will be promoted from Step 5.

As it stands then it would mean the following clubs would be relegated from Step 4: Goole AFC (who have been reprieved before), Romulus, Arlesey Town, Bishops Cleeve, Romford and Shoreham.

2ND BEST PPG TABLE
Pos Team League Current PPG Min PPG Max PPG
4 Bracknell T Hellenic 2.484 2.026 2.579
2 Blackfield & L Wessex 2.424 1.905 2.548
1 AFC Mansfield NCE 2.389 2.048 2.476
2 Felixstowe Eastern 2.368 1.957 2.478
1 Redbridge Essex 2.353 2.000 2.450
1 Morpeth Town North1 2.306 1.976 2.405
2 Berkhamsted Spartan 2.229 1.950 2.325
2 Bedfont Sport CombCo 2.222 1.905 2.333
4 Willand Rvrs Western 2.179 1.605 2.395
1 Yaxley UCL 2.162 1.905 2.262
2 Coleshill Town Midland 2.143 1.786 2.286
2 Crowborough SCE 2.107 1.553 2.342
1 Haywards H SoComb 2.031 1.711 2.184
2 Widnes NWC 2.000 1.636 2.182

With three places definitely “up for grabs” in the steps above, step 5 would, in theory have three extra promotion places. The current rules say that the champions of each step 5 league would be promoted, along with the 14 (from 16) best 2nd placed sides based on points per game.

However, with three places,  they would have to consider the best 3rd placed Step 5 side in the country, which currently stands at NCEL’s Pickering Town with 2.364 points per game.

3RD BEST PPG TABLE
Pos Team League Current PPG Min PPG Max PPG
3 Pickering T NCE 2.364 1.857 2.500
1 Highworth T Hellenic 2.343 2.158 2.395
3 FC Romania Essex 2.235 1.900 2.350
3 Sutton Comm CombCo 2.194 1.881 2.310
3 Leighton Town Spartan 2.188 1.750 2.350
3 Newport Pag UCL 2.147 1.738 2.310
3 Melksham T Western 2.100 1.658 2.289
4 Highgate Utd Midland 2.097 1.548 2.333
4 Sholing Wessex 2.091 1.643 2.286
4 Stowmarket Eastern 2.086 1.587 2.304
3 Whitstable T SCE 2.074 1.474 2.342
4 Runcorn Town NWC 2.000 1.545 2.227
2 Pagham SoComb 2.000 1.684 2.158
4 West Auckland North1 1.824 1.476 2.048

It’s complicated, difficult to work out, but very exciting!

Reprieve and it would mean three “relegated” sides would stay up, or promote “extra” places and Haywards Heath, Widnes and 3rd placed Pickering Town would all be promoted.

So we have should above how Step 5 promotion could work, but we want to know your opinion.

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