FOOTBALL: Bulls expulsion creates space in Southern League Premier Division (From This Is Wiltshire)
FOOTBALL: Bulls expulsion creates space in Southern League Premier Division
THE final make-up of the Southern League Premier Division which includes Chippenham Town is set to alter again after Hereford were expelled from the Football Conference after the club missed their latest deadline to pay football creditors.
The Bulls' expulsion means Chester, relegated from the Conference on the final day of last season, will be reinstated and Hayes & Yeading will not be relegated from the Conference South into the top flight of the Southern League.
Cash-strapped Hereford were given a deadline of 5pm on June 5 to pay football creditors, but missed that.
However, following a meeting ahead of the Conference AGM last weekend, the club were given a further extension allowing for the recent takeover by London businessman Tommy Agombar.
They were required to have cleared funds to pay their creditors by Monday, but once again failed to comply with the Conference's demands and their membership from the competition has been revoked.
A Conference statement read: "The club has confirmed it will not meet the requirements, to which it previously agreed, set by the board of the Football Conference Ltd on Friday 6 June enabling the club to retain its membership.
"As the club was advised at the above meeting, the board has exercised its unanimous decision that should the club fail to fulfil the requirements it would be expelled from the Competition and the Company under Article 5.2.
"At the Annual General Meeting on 7 June of the Football Conference Ltd, the member clubs agreed to an alternative Constitution for the 2014/15 season, in case of the above eventuality.
"Chester FC will now be reprieved from relegation from the Premier Division and Hayes & Yeading United FC will be reprieved from relegation from Conference South."
It is not yet know which, if any, team will replace Hayes & Yeading in the Southern League Premier Division.
Salisbury City's future in the Football Conference could also be in doubt as they have outstanding wages to pay.
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