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NUMBER 157 6th
Vics go into Saturday's trip to Doncaster still in the midst of an injury
crisis. Gregor Rioch could be out for 3-4 weeks with a hamstring problem and
Shaun Came is still doubtful for the next 2 games. Matthew Parry will almost
certainly be rested to help him get over his groin strain that has seriously
hindered him over the last 2 games. However, on the positive side Jonny Allan is
available again and it does give Jimmy Quinn the chance to let Ben Connettt get
some experience at Conference level after his promising debut at Farnborough
several weeks ago. Jimmy is also hoping to try and get someone on loan to cover
There are mixed feelings within the club about the away draw at Yeovil in the
Trophy. Obviously there was disappointment that we should draw the top team away
when there are so many teams left from the feeder leagues, but, financially, we
could make about £15k from the game. Yeovil had just under 4000 for the
Morecambe game in the last round.
The final of the Cheshire Senior Cup, against Crewe or Tranmere has been fixed
for Tuesday March 25th at Altrincham.
Vics academy side continues to go from strength to strength. They beat Southport
2-0 this week to go 4 points clear with 3 away games to play. The reserves drew
2-2 at Bamber Bridge.
At the Conference directors and secretaries meeting last week the Conference
decided to come into line with the new League regulations over ground criteria.
In effect this means that a 4000 capacity with 500 seats will remain the
Conference criteria. It had been planned that the Conference would require 6000
capacity including 1000 seats by April 2004. The league will now accept promoted
clubs with that capacity and they will be given time, once in the League, to
meet the latter criteria. The implications for Vics new ground has not yet been
decided but may mean that the new ground could be built to a lower specification
in the short term thus easing Vics financial worries. The Danebank terrace,
alone, would provide well over half of the capacity.
The next few weeks, whilst Vics wait for the time allowed for further appeals to
the High Court to pass, will see the club finalising plans for their move out of
the Drill Field. A decision over where temporary offices will be, the sorting of
all the equipment that is needed to run a football club - from the large
machinery needed to maintain a ground right down to where do you store all the
footballs- what is kept and what is discarded, where it will be stored etc etc.
The same process will need to be followed for all the fixtures and fittings in
the social club. The club are close to identifying all the people who will
"manage" various aspects of the move and will now get final quotes for all the
work etc. There will be regular bulletins on how work is going, hopefully a
weekly or fortnightly update.
Ex-Vics keeper Lance Key, still with Kingstonian, has been called up to the
England Semi-pro team for their game in Belgium next week.
The £2600 Yankee prize was won this week and 4 people also won £10 each for
First match report from Doncaster will be out about 8.30 pm on Saturday.