This isn’t true, firstly as teams don’t have an equal chance of promotion for a host of factors, such as finance. It’s like saying Norwich and Liverpool both had a 1 in 20 chance of winning the Premier League. They didn’t because Liverpool had the greater resources, better players and so on.lo36789 wrote:I don't really know if there is an easy answer. If you make the Northern Premier League go straight into Conference North you give step 3 Northern sides a 1 in 12 chance of getting to Step 2 whilst giving the rest of the county a 1 in 36 chance - not sure that will be interpreted as fair.
But keeping the same structure risks driving Northern clubs out of business, as the costs of travelling to Essex, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and the West Midlands will prove excessive, unless sides in the North have a rich sugar daddy willing to cover the ever-increasing travelling bill. It also ensures a side without a benefactor has less to spend on the squad as they’re paying more on travelling. Again, this hardly seems fair.
I’m saying the current structure of Step 3 lacks geographic balance and thereby guarantees the North division stretching down to Essex, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire. I’m sure everyone agrees that is a complete nonsense and financially impacts the clubs further North more than central, Midlands clubs.
The best way would be to tip the balance the other way, so you have more Northern teams at Step 3. Trouble is this creates an imbalance further down the pyramid.
So there isn’t an easy solution but let’s not pretend the current set up is tolerable or sensible because it isn’t. Not when Gloucester, King’s Lynn and Hereford are classed as Northern teams.