Good News For Gateshead FC

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Good News For Gateshead FC

Gateshead's Blue Square Premier survival hopes have received a boost - without kicking a ball in anger.

A group of ten clubs launched an appeal to the Football Association to try and get back the points they lost following the demise of Chester City in February.

The rebel group's numbers were reduced to eight when Barrow and Kidderminster Harriers distanced themselves from the appeal.

And the FA have confirmed that the appeal was lodged too late and is therefore 'out of time,' and issued the following statement.

"The FA is satisfied that the decision of the board of the Football Conference was first announced by the league on 26th February 2010 and, consequently, the Appeal is out of time."

Had the appeal been successful Gateshead would have been in even deeper trouble with just six games to play.

Seven clubs are currently battling to avoid the last two relegation births with Chester gone and Grays Athletic all but mathematically down.

But had the Appeal succeeded Tamworth would have reclaimed six points, Ebbsfleet four points, Forest Green three points and Salisbury and Eastbourne one each.

"Fortunately common sense has prevailed," said Gateshead boss Ian Bogie "and it would have been a travesty and a farce had the Appeal succeeded.

"We would have been the big losers but we must now make sure we secure our own destiny over the next six games.

"Four are at the International Stadium. It is very tight at the bottom and we need to make home advantage count."

Three of Gateshead's remaining games are against mid-table sides with little, other than pride, to play for while the trip to Ebbsfleet in a fortnight is a six-pointer.

The Tynesiders are hoping that the last week's opponents Stevenage have already clinched the title and that AFC Wimbledon have missed out on the play-offs.

Forest Green are the form side of the bottom eight, their 1-0 win over Barrow last night their fourth in a row since losing at Gateshead.
4th April 2010 01:11 PM

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