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League secretary slams Wanderers

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: April 27, 2012

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THE secretary of the Sussex County League has hit out at Dorking Wanderers for not having their West Humble home up to ground grading standards when they were supposed to.

And he says that rather than being promoted to Division One, having finished in the top three positions in Division Two, Wanderers should "strictly speaking be relegated to Division Three".

Paul Beard spoke to the Dorking Advertiser this week and said that ground grading requirements had not been full met for Division Two, let alone for promotion to Division One and that a league meeting had been called for this Saturday to discuss all ground issues.

However, league chairman Peter Bentley believes that "hard-working clubs" like Wanderers should be rewarded.

Beard said: "The rules are that if you are promoted then you have until the following 31st of March to do the ground work that's required for the league you're in. They had to have a requirement for 50 seats and a further covered stand for 50 others and there was a query about the floodlights.

"For Division One the need seated stand for 100 and further standing accommodation for 100, but they have got until next March for that, but in order to do that they must have what's required for Division Two, which they have not."

Wanderers missed the ground grading deadline, despite ploughing £30,000 into their West Humble home in three weeks after a late planning application to erect floodlights was granted, and chairman Bentley sympathises with the club.

He said: "Marc White is trying very hard for his club and yes, there have been problems, but when they got permission for the floodlights that gave them the green light to do the other things around the ground.

"He said to me that there was no point putting money into doing other things if the permission for the floodlights was not going to be granted. I believe it's in our interest to help these clubs that have worked very, very hard to get to where they are. Some queries were raised on the morning of the 31st of March and technically we should say no, but who are we saying no to? It doesn't affect any other league than our own."

Throughout the whole process, Wanderers manager Marc White has said that he is "confident" of getting dispensation from the league to go up, despite missing the deadline.

He said: "We have been dealing with senior members of the committee who have told us to do certain things which we have done and we are confident of going up."

The Sussex County League committee is meeting on Saturday, before making their recommendations to the FA.

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