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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm waiting to see if his side will be reprieved from relegation

12 June 2014
by Steve Tervet

Tonbridge Angels could be reprieved from relegation today.

Financial problems at Salisbury City could see them expelled from the Football Conference and if that happened, Dartford would be placed back in the Premier Division.

And the subsequent vacancy in Conference South would be filled by the Angels, who finished the season 21st and were relegated to the Ryman League Premier Division.

Hayes & Yeading, who finished one place above Tonbridge, were restored to Conference South on Tuesday as a result of Hereford United's explusion from the competition.

Angels boss Steve McKimm, who only took over at Longmead last month, is waiting to see what happens to Salisbury. The Whites were given until today (Thursday) to pay off their debts, or face being kicked out of the Conference.

Steve McKimm Picture David Couldridge

Steve McKimm Picture: David Couldridge

McKimm said: "I’ve heard different stories from people close to Salisbury. Some of the reports coming out don’t sound promising, not at all, but you never know. At the last minute, someone could come up with the money and then they’re safe. If they can pay their debts, they’re up and running.

"It blows everything up in the air (for Tonbridge). But if something lands in your lap, you never turn it down. You’ve got to be in things to win things and if there’s an opportunity to play at a higher level, you grab it with both hands."

A reprieve would mean a rethink for the Angels.

McKimm said: "I’d have to sit down with the chairman and see if we could strengthen anywhere because it’s a different ball game (in Conference South). A lot of teams train three days a week, so they’re almost full-time.

"But until people (our players) are given an opportunity to play at that level, you’ll never know what they can produce.

"Whatever league we’re in, we’ll give 100% in every game and we’ll work our socks off for the cause. After that, you’ve got to have a bit of quality, and I’d like to think I’ve brought some of that in."

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