Crediton United will not apply for promotion to the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division this year, despite….
….manager Warren Patmore believing a top-two finish is still possible.
The Lord’s Meadow club – who drew 1-1 at home to Exeter University last Saturday – are ninth in Division One East, twenty-eight points off top spot and nineteen adrift of second place.
Only one team can win promotion but should the champions decline the opportunity, as Liverton United did last year, the side in second would have the option of going up instead.
“We had a meeting the other day and everyone said it was a funny situation to be in because we were discussing whether to apply for promotion or not,” said Patmore. “Usually at this stage they are meeting to discuss how to avoid relegation.
“We had a good chat about it and decided we are probably not quite ready for it.
“It was more an off-the-field financial decision rather than one based on our current team.
“That’s not being negative – we know we could still finish in the top two, while a top-five finish would also be a good season for us, but this is a long-term project.”
On the pitch, Patmore’s men were 1-0 down at the break against the Students, despite edging most of the first half, and needed Jon Bradford’s injury-time penalty to rescue a point.
“It probably was a true reflection of the game overall. It was a bobbly old pitch and a tough match,” said Patmore.