Poole Town effectively received Category B ground grading in mid-week to stay in the Vanarama National League South next season, but they’ve got other ideas as they kept up their play-off hopes with a win on Saturday.
However, there’s another twist in the tale because despite upgrading their Black Gold Stadium home, whether they’ll be allowed to compete in the play-offs, should they get there, is unbeknown to them.
The Dolphins would have needed 500 covered seats by last Friday’s March 31 deadline in order to meet National League regulations, but it is believed that is more than The FA’s ground grading rules.
A play-off place is a strong possibility for Poole, who sit fifth and are six points above Hungerford below them. They’re three points behind fourth-placed Dartford with a game in hand.
And Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Concord Rangers was their third consecutive win having only lost once in ten games.
“It was a bit laboured at times, it was a bit stop-start,” boss Tom Killick told BBC Solent. “We had flashes of really good quality and phases of play and then there seemed to be lulls in the game where not a lot was happening.
“At this stage of the season, I know its clichéd, but it’s about results and just grinding things out.”
On the play-off situation, Killick added: “If there’s been an update, I haven’t been told about it. As far as I’m aware we haven’t been told and we just have to fight on.
“If there was ever a group of players that are going to do that, then they will. It would be nice to have things clarified sooner rather than later.”