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Boss Tommy Widdrington welcomes Salisbury City appeal

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington is passionate about Salisbury's future

Salisbury boss Tommy Widdrington is backing the club's appeal against their demotion from the Football Conference.

The Whites face dropping two divisions because of outstanding debts.

The club were docked 10 points after entering administration this season and Widdrington says they should not be punished twice.

He said: "I feel it is so important to appeal the decision as the board have done everything correctly. I am fully supportive of the decision to appeal."

Widdrington, 38, was named Blue Square Premier manager of the month for April after a superb run of results saw his side finish the campaign in 12th place.

Had it not been for the 10-point deduction, Salisbury would have finished sixth, just one place outside the play-offs.

As well as suffering the points penalty, Widdrington was handicapped for much of the season by being unable to register new players. This meant he had to field a vastly inexperienced side made up largely of youngsters and often had to name himself as a substitute.

Personally it felt like someone had stuck their hand in my chest and pulled my heart out

Tommy Widdrington

League rules state that any club which enters administration during the course of a season must pay all creditors in full by the second Saturday in May but Salisbury failed to meet the deadline.

Widdrington says that the prospect of demotion is just too hard to take.

"Personally it felt like someone had stuck their hand in my chest and pulled my heart out," he said. "People must not forget that I came here five years ago with a definite plan.

"I was asked to try and take the club as close as I could to the level I was coming from. This is my livelihood and to have helped the club achieve our current status means a great deal to me.

"I am very proud to be the manager of a very good group of players, almost all of whom I have recruited, and who have repeatedly proven to me we are still on the upward march in terms of progressing as a football club."

The Conference's decision is not expected to be ratified until its Annual General Meeting on 12 June.

"My team have earned the right to be playing at this level and they, I and the board have already been punished by way of the 10-point deduction and two transfer embargoes," added Widdrington.

"To have overcome every obstacle put in our way throughout an incredible campaign only to be tripped up past the post just seems wrong."

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