The Toolstation Western Football League
Published 13th May 2012
The Dorset side finished in the bottom two of the Premier Division after their final-day loss to long-time relegation rivals Radstock Town at the end of April, but still have not been told if they will suffer the drop.
The situation is unclear because of Dawlish Town's withdrawal from the league prior to the start of the campaign. It was originally thought that only one team would be relegated this season, but the decision has yet to be made.
Sherborne chairman Steve Paradise is expecting the worst and had no qualms about the possibility of the drop.
He said: "It is frustrating not knowing but we have prepared ourselves that we will be relegated. The league does not lie and that is where we are.
"There are lots of scenarios being mentioned but the Western Leaguejust don't know yet. A lot of it is to do with the FA because they would like there to be twenty-two teams in the division. We know there are some teams that want to come into the league as well.
"At the end of the day there is not much we can do. We should have put it to rest by beating Radstock. We weren't good enough to turn it around and that's how it is."
Despite the club's poor season, Paradise is happy with the progress of the team under manager Jamie Manley, who took over in December, and believes the club will continue to move forward whether it is relegated or not.
He said: "It was a tall order to turn it around but now we have a good basis, something to build on. Jamie has changed a lot. He has a vast knowledge of the Western League and I think managers at this level need that more than they need coaching badges to an extent.
"He is well respected in the club and he is a real leader, but the problem is we need another Jamie on the pitch – someone that can command the same respect.
"I think as far as the management side is concerned we are pretty settled. We have seen steady progress and hopefully that will continue."