Bor­ough still stand­ing

Uxbridge Gazette - - SPORT -

started his ca­reer at Hilling­don, lent his moral sup­port.

Dhand said: “It had to come out. When you’re putting money in and work­ing 18 hours a day ev­ery day and get­ting noth­ing back, I’d had enough.

“We’re not short of money, it was never a fi­nan­cial thing, but we’re get­ting no sup­port from the league or the com­mu­nity, and it was all get­ting too much.

“I asked the league how much it would cost for us to pull out as I couldn’t take it any more, and be­fore I knew it, it was all over Twit­ter. We had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse, I didn’t know how much this club is still loved in the com­mu­nity, prob­a­bly due to our his­tory.

“We’re still here, still go­ing, and hope­fully ev­ery­thing will work out. The league has been un­der­stand­ing, but more sup­port from the com­mu­nity would be great. I just felt that some­thing wasn’t right, es­pe­cially with all the ef­fort I’m putting in. We used to have a large com­mit­tee but a lot of them have got too old for it now.

“The man­age­ment team have been very sup­port­ive too. I just feel like I need a rest now, but we’ll keep fight­ing as a club.”

Dhand, who has been on the club’s com­mit­tee for 16 years and owner for a decade, was the one who first spot­ted £25 mil­lion man Bo­lasie’s po­ten­tial.

She added: “Yan­nick was play­ing for our un­der-18s. When the first team played away from home the rest of the com­mit­tee would go while I’d stay and do stuff around the club and watch the young­sters play.

“Yan­nick al­ways stood out, and the un­der-18s man­ager kept say­ing we had to get him into the first team, but it was about per­suad­ing the com­mit­tee. It was lovely to hear he still has a place for us in his heart.”

Hilling­don, who sit mid-ta­ble in Di­vi­sion One of the Spar­tan South Mid­lands, saw their game frozen off on Satur­day, along with all the bor­ough’s other grass­roots teams. They were due, weather per­mit­ting, to host Kens­ing­ton Bor­ough last night (Tues­day), be­fore vis­it­ing high­fly­ing Harpen­den on Satur­day.

In the same di­vi­sion, Hare­field United host Ris­bor­ough Rangers on Satur­day while AFC Hayes wel­come Ep­som & Ewell in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier. Over in South­ern One Cen­tral, North­wood – who were due to travel to lead­ers Roys­ton last night – host bot­tom side Peters­field Town on Satur­day while Uxbridge take their turn to jour­ney to Roys­ton.

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