Tavistock will not take up their promotion place(using the SWPL ‘get out of jail free card’).
There should be no get out of jail free card. The South West Peninsula League is either part of the pyramid/NLS or it isn't!
THE FA have recently demonstrated that there are no more exceptions, taking a hard line with the Northern League telling them "You WILL promote to the tier above, end of".
But of course we know that the problem doesn't really lie with the South West Peninsula League. It lies solely with the tier above them, the Western Premier. A league whose footprint is both too large and in entirely the wrong position.
And drilling down, the problem in that division lies with the presence of Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire sides.
These clubs should of course play in the Hellenic League (former two) and Wessex (the latter).
As the Hellenic Prem is filled with weak sides who should really be at Step 6 but are only at Step 5 due to vacancies, and the lower two divisions lie half empty, half populated by reserve sides and desperate groundsharers, the Western bulges at maximum capacity, with barely a club from the South West in sight.
And so any Step 7 side from Gloucestershire or Bristol wanting to move up look to the Western as that's where their local buddies are, exacerbating the problem further.
And of course Glos and Bristol sides playing teams from Devon and North Dorset is a nonsense, when they should be taking on Oxfordshire and possibly Herefordshire and Worcestershire sides, leaving the Western League to shift south westerly.
The obvious solution is to move the Bristol, North Wiltshire and Gloucestershire sides to the Hellenic and Westbury/Warminster/Devizes/Sherborne to the Wessex.
But no we have this stupid nonsense of the SWPL being awarded two divisions at Step 6, basically county leagues, instead of doing the above, moving 10-12 present SWPL clubs up to the Western Premier, replacing the clubs that move over to the Hellenic/Wessex, and leaving the present SWPL league structure (one that actually works and isn't completely isolationist) in place.
And so cutting off the two peninsula counties from the rest of the country and effectively, to all intents of purposes, completely out of the National League System, is deemed the better option.