Wasps and Green look for hopes of sur­vival

Both teams in dan­ger of drop­ping out of the league

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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Ac­tion from Chal­font St Giles against Penn & Tylers Green


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