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Harrogate Town reprieved from relegation

Harrogate Town

Harrogate Town have been reprieved from relegation to the Unibond League after Northwich were demoted for failing to pay their debts by a set deadline.

Blue Square North side Town are the third club in the second tier of non-league football to survive the drop due to other clubs' problems.

Town general manager Alan Williams told BBC Radio York: "It's fantastic news.

"We've always paid our bills and we've always remained sound, but other clubs don't look at it the way we do."

He added: "We don't owe any money and we've done our duty to everybody. We thought, OK, we've resigned ourselves to going down.

"We were relieved when they (the FA) rang us up and said we would be in Conference North because of other people's difficulties."

Town's survival is a result of problems at Farsley, Chester, Grays and Northwich.

We'll grab this chance and we will be a force to be reckoned with next year

Alan Williams

Farsley folded in mid-season, and so, nominally, finished 22nd in Harrogate Town's division.

Chester's mid-season demise from the first tier of non-league football, plus the failure of Grays to find a new home, meant a reprieve for the clubs that finished 20th in the two second tier divisions, namely Vauxhall Motors and Worcester.

Northwich's relegation meant that one of the two teams that finished 21st in the second tier, either Harrogate Town in the North division or Weston-super-Mare in the South division, would survive.

Town's record - 30 points from 40 games - is better that Weston's - 23 points from 42 games - so Town are reprieved and Weston still go down.

"We didn't chase the dream," Williams added. "We did things properly. It vindicates everything that's been done.

"The atmosphere round the club is absolutely fantastic, everybody is upbeat.

"We'll grab this chance and we will be a force to be reckoned with next year."

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Harrogate finish bottom of table
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18 Apr 10 |  Non League
Harrogate hope to climb up table
16 Apr 10 |  Non League
Harrogate loss confirms relegation
14 Apr 10 |  Non League

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