Here’s a look at some of the stories making the headlines in nonleague this week.
Dorchester’s Financial Woes
Despite reaching the second round of the FA Cup last season, a run which netted £50,000 for the club, Dorchester Town have run up debts of nearly three times that. As a consequence, every member of their playing squad has been made available for sale. It’s so bad for the Conference South side that manager Phil Simkin, 60, is registering himself as a player in case he is needed!
In an interview with BBC Radio Solent, Simkin said that he “will be registering as a player so that we have a full bench.”
Bees Hive A Problem
Conference Premier side Barnet are facing some urgent alteration works at The Hive after Harrow Council issued the club with an enforcement notice over the height of one of their stands and floodlights. The notice was issued last Friday, and the club have 28 days in which to respond and appeal. If an appeal is unsuccessful and the notice enforced, the club will have three months in which to demolish the offending structure, and also to lower the floodlights. Failure to do so would result in the closure of the ground.
The dispute is raging on both sides, with the council stating that Barnet have “flouted” the planning permission, whilst the club say the council were aware of the alterations.
I’m sure Wealdstone fans are feeling very sorry for Barnet!
Clarets Cut Budget
Chelmsford City have issued a statement on their website reporting that they are to cut the budget due to a poor start to the season. Early exit from the FA Cup and disappointing league results have prompted the board into action, which was taken after their most recent meeting. Also cited as a big reason for the cuts was a decrease in budgeted commercial activity. It will only serve to make manager Dean Holdsworth’s job that much harder, but unfortunately these things are all too common in our nonleague game.
Rangers Appoint A Mutch More Permanent Manager
Andy Mutch has been appointed as manager of Stafford Rangers on a permanent basis after impressing while in caretaker charge. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker took over in early September following Greg Clowes’ departure, and lost just one of six games during that time, and that was an FA Cup tie against Conference North side Boston United. Hours after his appointment, Rangers beat Stoke City on penalties in the Staffordshire Senior Cup. Mutch’s spell in charge has seen the club lift themselves off the bottom of the Northern Premier League Premier Division table, including wins over Chasetown and FC United of Manchester. It’s an impressive turnaround for the club, who had lost the opening seven league games of the season.
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Just like it’s northern counterpart, the Conference South had just five fixtures this weekend, and again there wasn’t a nil nil in sight. In total there were 21 goals scored in those five games.
The biggest winning margin of the day was achieved by Havant & Waterlooville, who put five without reply past Farnborough. Ollie Palmer and Steve Ramsey each helped themselves to a brace, and Sammy Igoe netted the other as they swept their opponents aside. Palmer now has seven goals in his last five games. The defeat leaves Farnborough fourth bottom, and they could slip into the relegation places if Staines Town win their game in hand.
Leaders Woking went six points clear with a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Truro City. A brace from the wonderfully named Paris Cowan-Hall and one each from Alan Inns and Moses Ademola brought the points back to Surrey. Truro had taken a first minute lead through Les Afful, and had been looking to build on their amazing 8-2 win against Farnborough in the previous game.
Welling United moved up to third in the table with a 2-1 win against Hampton & Richmond Borough at Park View Road. They led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Acheampong and Pugh, before debutant Patrick Domali scored what was in the end a consolation goal for The Beavers. Domali has joined from Norwich City on a work experience deal, with a view to a permanent move. The defeat leaves Borough bottom of the table, and they need to stop giving their opponents a two goal headstart if they are to stay in the division.
Hampton’s nearest rivals in the league, Thurrock FC, also lost, going down 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Eastleigh. Ex-Spurs trainee Jamie Slabber netted twice for the visitors, while Drewe Broughton scored for Thurrock to equalise at 1-1 before Slabber’s second. A Hughes own goal two minutes from time sealed the win for Eastleigh, who now have a seven point cushion on the drop zone, despite being eighteenth in the table.
The other match played was between two teams also looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone. Dorchester Town ran out 3-1 winners at home to Tonbridge Angels, a result which has brought the two sides level on points. Two goals in the first eleven minutes from Dickenson and Moss gave the hosts the advantage, before a McLaggon effort brought the visitors back into it. However, Moss got his second a minute from time to seal the win.