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Friday, June 01, 2018

News Round Up

Fans of Nuneaton Town are fearing for the future of their club as chairman Lee Thorn says only two of three requirements needed to participate in the league next season have been completed. Thorn has already announced he is to stand down and sell the club and ground and it's not his intention at the time to re-enter the club
The league AGM takes place next Friday and fans say they're worried whether Nuneaton will be included. The supporters trust say they have plans in place to buy the club or start a new one from scratch - although the club only reformed ten years ago after being liquidated.

Kidderminster Harriers chairman Colin Gordan says the National League North has become stagnant as too many clubs are playing under the fear of failure. He told BBC H&W he feels the top four or five clubs could compete at a higher level as AFC Fylde reached the National League play-offs in their first season after promotion. 

New Chester joint-managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, who joined the club after leaving Salford City despite winning the National League North last season, have secured their first signings at the Deva. Attacker Matty Hughes arrives from Chorley and has spent time on loan at Chester in the past while midfielder Gary Roberts and winger Nathan Brown have agreed new terms.

Newport County, who Hereford will entertain in a preseason friendly, could be put up for sale. The League Two supporter-run club is asking fans to have their say on its future. The consultation aims to see whether fans want to continue its current ownership model, invite outside investment or even takeover offers. Questions are also being raised over the cost of staying at Rodney Parade, owned by the Welsh Rugby Union, which they share with two rugby teams. But Dragons chairman David Buttress says County have a 'great deal' and wouldn't get better elsewhere.

Alfreton Town have secured the signing of Curtis Bateson as he joins the Reds from Gainsborough Trinity. Bateson was part of North Ferriby's National League North play-off final winning squad in the 2015/16 season before joining Trinity in November 2017. Manager Billy Heath told Alfreton's official site the striker really took the league by storm and has had several clubs higher up sniffing for him in the past, but recently has suffered from injuries.

Hereford are looking for coaches and players for the new women's side which will be launched next season. Player trials will take place in June, with training starting the following month. Those who are interested in trialing or becoming a coach should see the official site for more details.

Boston United's manager has said that reading comments from title-winning managers on Twitter has spurred him on to be more successful this season. Craig Elliot told the Boston Standard there was a 'twinge of jealousy' and it's has made him want to be the one celebrating'.