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.