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Troubled old boys team cancel game

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

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LEEK CSOB are in meltdown after failing to fulfil their fixture away to Cumbria-based Holker Old Boys in the North West Counties League (NWCL) on Saturday.

The crisis hit club informed the league on Friday they would be unable to make the 270-mile round trip, mainly due to resignations of their committee and manager.

A NWCL spokesman said: "The matter has been referred to the League emergency committee for their consideration, but as per league rule the club face a £300 minimum fine and possible expulsion from the league.

"If they are expelled from the league, their record would be expunged and all points gained by clubs in matches against Leek CSOB would be deducted from their records. "A failure to fulfil a fixture is considered the most serious offence by the League management committee," the spokesman added.

This is the second time this season the Old Boys have pulled out of a fixture at Holker at the eleventh hour.

Back in October they were unable to field a team for a league challenge cup fixture.

A club spokesman explained at the time the early start needed to make the two and a half hour trip to Barrow-in-Furness ruled out a number of players due to their Saturday morning work commitments.

It's been a difficult season for the Old Boys who recently suffered their twelfth defeat in 13 games and have not won in the league since early December.

They are currently lying third from bottom of Division One of the NWCL.

To add to their woes the club have been struggling financially, not helped by poor attendances for their home games. Little more than a dozen spectators turn up for their games at Harrison Park, which they hire from Leek Town FC.

The Old Boys are hoping to move to the new John Pointon sports complex at Cheddleton next season, subject to the approval of the board of trustees who run the £2.5 million state-of-the-art facilities, which have been donated to the local community by John Pointon & Sons Limited.

The Old Boys, founded in 1945, by the late Trevor Harvey, a local schoolmaster, were accepted into the NWCL in 1996, after the most successful season in the club's history.

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