Heath’s pro­mo­tion may be be­gin­ning of the end

Long-haul trips may be too much for boss Mal­colm and co

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

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.

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