Heath’s promotion may be beginning of the end
Long-haul trips may be too much for boss Malcolm and co
CHEERS TO TEARS: Flackwell Heath with the Hellenic League trophy, but they may be battling for it next season as well
“We would have to travel almost 4,000 miles for away games next season and every one but a few would have to be by coach – we can’t afford that.
“We can’t do it financially, we’ve budgeted for the Central. It rips the heart out of everybody and would destroy three local clubs. Us, Burnham and Marlow would all go under.
“Even if we could afford it, we still wouldn’t get any players. They won’t want to go to places like Taunton and Bridgwater.”
If the Southern League does not budge, Malcolm believes his club would rather refuse their promotion than put their future at risk and may have to ask the Hellenic to let them back in.
He added: “We may have to withdraw from the league, because the club is more important than the promotion – but for the players to win promotion and not be able to see it through would be heartbreaking.”
Ironically, club chairman Terry Glynn told your favourite local paper back in April that he was hoping for a place in the Southern League rather than a return to the Ryman League, where the Heathens played between 1984 and 2007, as it would involve less travelling.
He reasoned that the Southern Central would give Flackwell up to a dozen games within a 20mile radius, whereas the Ryman League would involve endless nightmare trips around the M25.