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Matches will be free, Leek CSOB

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

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Leek CSOB are striving to build up a big fan base at their new home.

Spectators are to be admitted free to matches played at Pointon Park, Cheddleton, following the club's move out of Leek.

Club spokesman John Barratt explained: "The committee have decided not to introduce an admission charge because we want the local community to get involved in the rebuilding of the club.

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"We are a family club and we want families coming to Pointon Park to take advantage of the wide range of facilities on offer.

"Children not interested in football can enjoy the fully-equipped play area or the skate park

"Families should not have to miss out watching football because they have kids to look after."

The club will be producing a match day information sheet costing £1.

Barratt added: "We hope most supporters will buy one to help with match day running costs.

"We are a family club and we want families coming to Pointon Park."

CSOB will be running two teams in the Staffordshire County Senior League this season.

The first team, having quit the North West Counties League, has been admitted to the first division, while the reserves will continue to play in division two.

The club's decision to leave the NWCL was influenced by the spiralling cost of travel to fulfil fixtures as far away as Cumbria (Holker Old Boys) and the unavailability of some players for the longer journeys, due to work commitments

Instead, the first team will be involved in away fixtures much closer to home, including Moorlands derbies with Knypersley Vics andCheadle SMU.

The other clubs which make up division one are Keele University, Bradwell, Brereton Social, Silverdale Athletic, Ashbourne FC, Betley FC, Milton Utd, Redgate Clayton, Foley, Abbey Hulton, Norton Utd, Featherstone, Uttoxeter Town, Hawkins Sports, and Stapenhill.

CSOB will face two trips to newly-promoted Featherstone in the south of the county, as the prison team is not allowed to travel.

The club has organised a series of pre-season friendlies, beginning with a visit to Rochdale Town this Saturday.

However, the friendlies against Ball Haye Green, Uttoxeter Town and Mickleover Sports have all been cancelled.

The Pointon Park pitch will not be ready for another three weeks, after being re-seeded.

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