The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 23rd April 2012
....miracle of goal difference or a reprieve.
The South Marston side lost 2-0 at home to Barwell on Saturday, meaning they will need to win their final game of the season at Cambridge City, while Banbury United and Evesham United would have to lose.
In addition, `Marine would have to hugely improve their goal difference to beat that of Banbury, Arlesey Town and possibly Evesham, which is a highly unlikely state of affairs.
The club’s best bet is that they could get a reprieve if they finish fourth from bottom and another club drops out of either the Southern, Ryman or Northern Premier Leagues.
But as matters stand, it will be Division One South & West football for the Webb’s Wood outfit next season.
Now the focus will turn to the respective futures of joint player-managers Gary Horgan and Matt Robinson, who are mulling over their options.
Interim chairman Keith Yeomans revealed: “We’ve spoken to them and we’d like to know what their feelings are about carrying on. “Robbo is in the police force so I don’t know if he would find it difficult to commit, and Gary has just had a little one and might need more time with his family.
“We aren’t looking for anyone else and we want one or both of them to carry on if they want to do it.
“It’s a job that takes a lot of time, but whatever happens, we want them involved in some way.”
Horgan told the Swindon Advertiser that he would not be making an immediate decision.
He said: “I said I might need a couple of weeks - if I made a decision at the moment I’d let what’s gone on this season influence it too much.
“I don’t think the league we play in will make a difference, either you want to do it or you don’t.
“If we kept the nucleus of what we’ve got, we’d be quite well-equipped in the league below.”
Robinson added: “The club have been good enough to approach us straight away and I appreciate that.
“I’ve enjoyed my time doing it and me and Gary have bounced well off each other.
“It’s a case of me and Gary sitting down together and having a chat about it.”
The club’s presentation evening was held on Saturday evening and Rob Dean swept the board.
The ex-Highworth Town midfielder - in his first Southern League season – scooped the managers’, players’ and supporters’ player of the season trophies.
Other awards were given to Horgan and Kyle Lapham for surpassing 200 appearances this season.