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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Evesham Chairman Says 'Cinderford Have Cheated'

Evesham chairman Jim Cockerton has said that his club will lose out on potential income of £10,000 from a game against Hereford if they are moved out of the Southern League South and West.

“For me, it’s quite straightforward," Cockerton told the Non-League Paper.

"Cinderford have cheated, there is no other word for it. To suggest a month after winning the league that they can’t go into the Southern Premier is incredible. We have suffered and they should now be kicked out of the league, they need some sort of punishment for what they’ve done.

“Let me be clear, they have broken the rules. It states clearly – rule 5 appendix 2 – that relegated clubs must be replaced by promoted clubs only. They have p****d everyone about and the league have questions to answer as well.

“You can’t just decide you don’t want to go up after all, it doesn’t work like that. The fact of the matter is that this will cost us £25,000. There will be a lot more coach trips, a lot less local games and the players will require more expenses for the time spent on the road.

“We now lose out of playing Hereford, a game which would have probably sold out. That’s a lot of money for our club – and that’s money that we won’t see, and of course Cinderford now will.

“They will get the £10,000-£15,000 which the Hereford home match will bring in, and the local games and the less travelling. I have on good authority that their budget is going to be £1,000-a-week next year – and they can’t afford a few more coaches!”