Saturday, 15 December 2018

Town saved from drop

HENLEY TOWN won’t be relegated at the end of the season despite an inevitable bottom-placed finish.

HENLEY TOWN won’t be relegated at the end of the season despite an inevitable bottom-placed finish.

The Lilywhites are currently 16 points adrift in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East with seven games remaining and are without a win all season.

However, league officials have given assurances that the club wont be relegated to Division 2 East because no clubs in the division below are equipped with the required facilities.

Last season, Henley were demoted from the Premier Division because it did not have a stand to accommodate 100 fans. It currently has a stand for 52 fans as well as floodlights, a clubhouse and hard standing.

Acting secretary Tony Kingston said it was “excellent news” for the club. He said: “We’ve had a good record over the years and it’s just been a bad season. We knew this season we were going to struggle.

“Last season we were paying players’ expenses but we knew we had to stop that and get back to basics in order to sort the finances out, which we’ve done.”

Kingston, who has been at the club since 1982, said it was imperative fresh blood was injected into the club to replace the current ageing members. A permanent treasurer and secretary are priority positions needing to be filled.

“We really need more people to get involved but there just doesn’t seem to be anyone interested,” he said.

“We’ve got lovely facilities here at the club, it could be improved but we seriously need more volunteers.”

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