The Swans travelled to Buckland knowing that only a win against their Devon opponents, who were themselves chasing the league title, would keep them in the race for third place and maybe a chance of promotion to the Southern League.
Many people have been in touch with the club since yesterday’s win at Willand Rovers asking about the situation concerning promotion to the Southern League West and Central Division. The simple answer at this time is that we don’t know.
Two things need to happen to confirm the Swans will be playing at the higher level next season – the first one is obviously that The FA have to offer Slimbridge the chance to go up to the higher league by virtue of finishing third in The Toolstation Western Premier League. This is because neither Melksham Town or Buckland Athletic applied to go up, so the third place club becomes eligible for promotion. It is understood that a League’s meeting on May 14th may provide a further indication as to the final outcome of this question.
Secondly, the club would then have to confirm that it would accept the offer to move up if it is made. The Club’s Committee will be meeting later in the week. Speaking to the Gloucester Citizen today, Secretary Colin Gay said ‘It’s just really the financial side of things. Hopefully we’ll have bigger gates and bigger turnover so hopefully everything will be okay.
“We’ve got a meeting with the players to make sure they’re up for it and committed so hopefully it will be hunky-dory.”
“We are in the lap of the gods. I think it is probably 70-30 in our favour but nothing is guaranteed, we’ve just got to wait and see.”
Slimbridge AFC would like to thank everyone who has sent in messages of congratulations, and we will, of course, post further updates as the situation becomes clearer, both on their website and Twitter feed @slimbridgeafc.