Luton Town were promoted to League Two as Conference champions on 15 April after nearest rivals Cambridge lost at Kidderminster.The next four teams will contest the play-offs for the second promotion place – Cambridge United are assured of their place, while Halifax and Grimsby can join them this weekend if they win their games and other results go in their favour. In the event, Cambridge triumphed at Wembley.
The bottom four teams will be relegated – Hyde’s relegation was confirmed on 11 March with a 3-0 defeat at Alfreton, and Tamworth joined them on 8 April after losing 2-0 at Luton. Dartford are fighting for a win to avoid relegation, but its not looking good. The relegated sides will be replaced by the champions and play-off winners of the Conference North and South divisions. Eastleigh won the Conference South title after a 2-1 victory over Basingstoke on Good Friday.
It’ll be interesting how the relegation pans out – Dartford face returning to Conference South, but the other three teams are ‘northern lads’ (Hereford, Tamworth, Hyde) so how they’ll decide which one of those has to play in the Conference South must be worrying for one of them. In the event, Dartford were relegated back to Conference South.
Hereford United have been expelled from the Football Conference on 10 June 2014 after they missed their latest deadline to pay football creditors. Hereford were given an extended deadline to pay creditors after a takeover by Tommy Agombar but still failed to meet it. Hereford’s expulsion means Chester, relegated from the Skrill Conference Premier League on the final day of last season, will be reinstated and Hayes & Yeading will not be relegated from the Conference South.
In a further development, Salisbury City are heading for relegation after ‘idiot’ Moroccan investor Otail Touzar (a Moroccan businessman with links to oil-rich sheikhs) fails to invest with Salisbury City’s board. Salisbury City bosses have less than two hours (by 5pm on Thursday 12 June) to save the club from relegation after a Moroccan businessman Otail Touzar, who was named as the new chairman, failed to invest a single penny so far.
The Wiltshire club will be relegated from the Conference Premier at 5pm today, Thursday, if they fail to meet the conditions imposed by league chiefs – which include paying players unpaid wages dating back to April, and other debts. Otail Touzar announced he was chairman on Monday and that he had signed a Saudi Prince as a midfielder, despite the fact that Salisbury City have been under a transfer embargo since April because they haven’t paid players. If you read the article, you can’t help but think you just couldn’t make this stuff up! The club have been granted a period of grace, we wait to see what develops!