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Harrogate Town in play-offs after National League vote

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Published at 5:43am 18th June 2020.

Town's promotion dream remains alive after National League vote

  • Harrogate Town's promotion dream remains alive after National League clubs voted to hold end-of-season play-offs.
  • The vote means Barrow are promoted as champions of the National League - with Harrogate finishing in second and in the play-offs.
  • A vote to finish the campaign on a points-per-game basis received majority support from sides in all three divisions of the National League during a vote on Wednesday (17 June).

Harrogate Town now enter the play-offs following a vote by National League clubs to determine the season on a points-per-game basis.

Simon Weaver's side were six points behind Barrow when the season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote means Harrogate Town finish second with the Cumbrian site being promoted as champions of the National League and will also see the end-of-season play-offs take place.

But the decision is still subject to final ratification by the FA Council.

National League clubs voted to end the regular season back in April.

However, the resolution to finish the campaign on an unweighted points-per-game basis received majority support from sides in all three divisions of the National League in a vote on Wednesday (17 June, 2020).

The result means Harrogate Town and Notts County, as the clubs second and third, go into the National League play-off semi-finals.

Yeovil, Boreham Wood, Halifax and Barnet will participate in the quarter-finals.

The play-offs must start by 18 July and finish by 30 July.

So how does unweighted points-per-game work?

The unweighted points-per-game method simply takes the total points scored by each time and divides it by the number of games played.

This calculates their average points total which is used to decided final positions.

The National League vote also means King’s Lynn Town and Wealdstone will be promoted as champions of National League North and South respectively.

The National League statement reads:

"Following a vote by all member clubs, and subject to FA Council approval, the Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South seasons 2019/20 will be concluded with final league tables compiled on an 'Unweighted Points Per Game' basis.

"The outcome is Barrow AFC are champions of the Vanarama National League, King’s Lynn Town are champions of Vanarama National League North and Wealdstone are champions of Vanarama National League South.

"The end of season Play-Offs will now proceed with the Clubs that qualify, subject to the competition rules and the applicable government guidance on the phased return of elite sport.

"There shall be no relegation from Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South."

Chief Executive Officer Michael Tattersall commented:

“I congratulate each of our champion clubs on their successful campaigns. The enforced curtailment of our season does nothing to discredit the quality of the football played and I am pleased that our clubs have overwhelmingly supported the award of their titles. We can now also look towards the completion of end of season Play-Offs.”