Wasps and Green look for hopes of survival
Both teams in danger of dropping out of the league
THERE may be a ray of light for both Chalfont Wasps and Penn & Tylers Green as they bid to stay in the Hellenic League.
Both clubs look set to fall foul of new FA ground grading guidelines next season and may be forced down into county football if the Hellenic does not introduce a step seven division.
Wasps said last month that they were concerned about the situation, but could not decide on their future until the league decided what it was doing.
Hellenic communications officer Brian King this week said their hands were tied until the FA put their plans in writing, but gave a clear indication that the league does not want to lose any teams.
He said: “There have been discussions about what exactly the FA wants and we probably will create another division as we don’t want to lose any clubs.
“The next step down is the Oxfordshire Senior League and there was even talk about merging with them, but we cannot do anything until the FA is clear about what it wants.
“We have had paperwork through from them regarding steps four and five, so hopefully steps six and seven are next.
“We’re hoping to hear something from them soon because clubs will be wanting to plan for next season as well as us.”
Chalfont and Penn, who are both trying to avoid the Division One East wooden spoon, met at Wasps’ ground on Saturday, and it was the visitors who took away a 4-1 win to move above Didcot Town Reserves and out of the bottom two.
Two goals from Jonathan Fever, plus further strikes from George Coyle and Chris Hurst, had the game won for Penn by the time Conor Cumber pulled one back late on from the penalty spot for Wasps, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Penn will be looking to pull further away from the basement when they travel to Headington Amateurs on Saturday, while Wasps will be looking to get back on track at home to Henley Town on Saturday and at Didcot on Tuesday night.
Action from Chalfont St Giles against Penn & Tylers Green