‘Pro­mo­tion to South­ern S&W was not an op­tion’

Heath boss Mal­colm said trav­el­ling would put club in peril

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

made their de­ci­sion there was no ap­peal. We were a bit un­lucky as only Mar­low and Burn­ham were due to go across ini­tially, and we were only dragged into it as Cleve­don Town were de­moted.

“We just can’t do it, and the ma­jor­ity of play­ers couldn’t do it.

“The re­al­i­sa­tion is only hit­ting us now, and it’s mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing. But com­mon sense has pre­vailed with us, if not with the South­ern League.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity over two to three years would have been the stum­bling block. We could prob­a­bly have found the cash to play in the S&W for one year, but then we’d be gam­bling on be­ing moved back across at some point or go­ing bust.

“It’s a lu­di­crous sit­u­a­tion and we’re all very low, but we have to put it be­hind us and move on. I’m sure we will be fine, it’s just get­ting over what has been a men­tally drain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The whole thing has been a night­mare.”

The club called a meet­ing on Tues­day night to weigh up which play­ers were happy to stay and who wanted to move on, and to plan a route for­ward. One player who has al­ready made his exit is for­mer Che­sham United and Slough Town goal ma­chine Danny Burnell.

Mal­colm added: “The next step is to find out how many play­ers are in­ter­ested in stay­ing on in the Hel­lenic League. A lot of what I have heard is very pos­i­tive, but I don’t deal in hearsay.

“I’ve signed a few play­ers any way as we need to keep build­ing. We need to go out and do it all again, and we will have to deal with it as the sea­son pro­gresses.”

Mean­while, Burnell’s strike part­ner, Gavin James, made his in­ter­na­tional de­but for St Vin­cent & the Gre­nadines in their CONCACAF World Cup qual­i­fier 2-2 draw against Guyana last Wed­nes­day, but was ab­sent from the squad which then held the same team to a 4-4 on Sun­day to progress on away goals.

Con­trib­uted

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