The unlucky team – meaning they miss phase two, but return in Division 3 next season – are Rotherham Metro. Rotherham were one of four that could have finished sixth before the final day of competition last Sunday, which, frustratingly, was abandoned due to closure of the Haberdashers pool for safety reasons.
The League, very much conscious of the principle that results should be decided in the water if at all possible, opted after lengthy debate to rearrange the key unplayed game between Cheltenham Spartans and Croydon Amphibians this coming Sunday, during the men’s Division 2 programme at Hengrove, Bristol.
Croydon declared their willingness to travel; Cheltenham, for very good reasons, were unable to raise a team and conceded the match. Therefore, Croydon were awarded the points, ensuring their safety but leaving Rotherham stranded below.
Other unplayed matches in Divisons 3 and 4 will not be rearranged and no points will be awarded.
A BWPL Committee statement concludes: “We hope . . . all Division 3 teams will understand our difficult decisions.”