FOOTBALL: We have seen some movement since my column last week about our situation in the National League North, writes Mark Hearle.
By the time you read this, we may have something even more positive to digest from what I am hearing.
What we do know is that the English Football League have gone down the route of points per game to decide their League 1 and 2 seasons.
This means that there will be relegation from EFL2 into the National League, thus meaning there should be promotions from the South and North Divisions to fill the gaps above.
Wednesday afternoon saw a meeting of the National League’s board of directors, which in turn should have seen discussion with member clubs yesterday.
Just one word of caution though before we all get caught up in any early celebrations. A line in the EFL statement confirming relegation from League 2 would take place only if the National League could confirm season 2020/21 will begin.
I also would not be surprised to see legal challenges from some EFL clubs, unhappy with the way things have been decided.
Barry Fry, down the road at Peterborough, has been loud in his disapproval, so you can assume there will be a challenge from that direction.
A challenge to the ruling that levels three and below will be called null and void from step 3 club South Shields was dismissed earlier in the week.
The situation is not ideal and there will be winners and losers.
I have sympathy with those who have missed out and that still may happen to ourselves.
However, we may not be in this position for some considerable time again so why wouldn’t we push for a situation that would see this club playing at the highest level it ever has done?
With all of the bad news of recent months, something like this could prove to be a real shot in the arm for the area as a whole, not just the club and its supporters.