‘Promotion to Southern S&W was not an option’
Heath boss Malcolm said travelling would put club in peril
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.
GOAL MACHINE: Flackwell Heath’s Danny Burnell with the Hellenic Premier trophy