More doubt over fu­ture


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

In the week that Ash­ford United moved to within two games of Wem­b­ley, the off-the-field saga at Home­lands has taken on a new twist with the rev­e­la­tion the South­ern Coun­ties East League club face a windin­gup or­der later this month.

It has been brought by Kent At­trac­tions for a fig­ure of around £110,000 and will be heard in the High Court on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 29.

Mean­while, solic­i­tors Mills and Reeve LLP have been granted a judge­ment debt of £106,000, with both sums re­lat­ing to Don Cros­bie re­gain­ing own­er­ship of the club from (for­mer busi­ness part­ner) Tony Bet­teridge.

V Bar man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Glyn Jones, the owner of Home­lands, said: “Kent At­trac­tions says they will sup­port what we are do­ing in our ef­forts to see the club sur­vives in a sol­vent man­ner.

“It will also in­volve Mills and Reeves sup­port­ing it as well and also re­quires the co-op­er­a­tion of the di­rec­tors Don and Jean Cros­bie and (chief ex­ec­u­tive) Denise Peach.”

This is the se­cond time in four months that a shadow has been cast over United’s fu­ture.

Back in Novem­ber Mr Jones, rep­re­sent­ing V Bar Lim­ited, said his firm had taken pos­ses­sion of the club af­ter claim­ing they were owed £260,000 by United.

V Bar Lim­ited says it is the lend­ing arm of the Mino­taur Group, which spe­cialises in the re­struc­tur­ing of sports clubs and work­ing men’s clubs. Mr Jones said they had loaned United the money to help them get their 3G pitch.

Mean­while, on a brighter note, Michael Phillips has his heart set on Wem­b­ley af­ter help­ing Ash­ford into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Vase.

Phillips scored United’s 87th-minute equaliser in a 3-2 re­play win at Dun­ston UTS last Satur­day.

An in­jury-time own goal com­pleted their fight­back from two goals down and has Phillips dream­ing of a place in the fi­nal.

They travel to for­mer Con­fer­ence club Sal­is­bury – man­aged by ex-Le­ices­ter striker Steve Clar­idge – in the last eight on Fe­bru­ary 20.

Phillips said: “I’ve got a good feel­ing we can go all the way. Look at the run we’ve had.

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