Margate have opted for demotion to the Conference South - which should mean a reprieve from relegation for Leigh RMI.
At an EGM, called to discuss the future of the club given the non-delivery of the Hartsdown Park project, and the Conference's refusal of a one-year groundshare extension at Dover, the members of the club voted for "option D": accept demotion to the Conference South and return to Hartsdown Park in a reduced facility Stadium.
The options presented were:
a) Appeal against decision taken by Football Conference not to allow extended groundshare with Dover Athletic FC in order to retain Football Conference status.
b) The formal application for a longer groundshare period with Dover Athletic FC.
c) Accept demotion to the Conference South and groundshare with Dover Athletic FC or Ashford Town FC for a further period.
d) Accept demotion to the Conference South and return to Hartsdown Park in a reduced facility Stadium.
Margate FC says that Members were keen to see their Football Club return to Hartsdown Park and were prepared to concede Full Conference Status in order to do so.
The view of the Members was then referred to the Club Directors, who ratified the view of the Members, thus confirming that Margate Football club will accept demotion to Conference South returning to Hartsdown Park before that turn of the year.
Ratification of Margate's move should be a formality at the Conference AGM on 5th June, and this would save Leigh RMI from relegation from the Conference. It would also affect Kettering Town - they would take Leigh's place in Conference North, while Margate take Kettering's position in Conference South.