Another game called off as Badgers await league fate

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Eastwood Town’s future continues to be in grave danger after a fourth successive Badgers fixture was postponed in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.

Saturday’s game at home to Sheffield FC is the next to fall victim to the Badgers’ current woes, with the club still locked out of its Coronation Park ground and a resolution showing little sign of being forthcoming.

As of Thursday morning (13th) Eastwood have still not been thrown out of the Evo-Stik NPL despite the run of postponed games, but clubs are fined each time fixtures are unable to be fulfilled thus adding to the Badgers’ financial problems.

The option of playing home matches elsewhere has not yet been explored due to costs involved, and even away matches appear to have little chance of taking place given the lack of resources to pay players - many of Eastwood’s most recent squad also having now found new clubs.

A spokesman for the Evo-Stik NPL said: “Saturday’s match against Sheffield FC will not go ahead, but at this stage we are unable to comment further on the situation regarding Eastwood Town.”

The league had previously said in a statement two weeks ago that former Eastwood Town owner Steve Lynch had made requests that initially bought more time for the Badgers to resolve their problems.

In brief correspondence with the Advertiser, Lynch claimed those requests centred around the hope that help would be forthcoming.

He said: “The request I made was to allow time to see if any fans wanted to do anything about keeping the club going and take action to get the ground back.”

But with debts totting up and matches not being played, the NPL may soon be forced to make a final decision on whether the Badgers’ season will be brought to a halt.

It is also understood Eastwood’s rival clubs in Division One South are keen to see a resolution with the season approaching its final stages.

Should Eastwood be removed from the league, all of their results will be expunged from the 2013/4 playing record, thus potentially affecting league positions and goal difference statistics as teams jostle for position in the run-in to the end of the campaign.

Eastwood’s next scheduled match is at home to Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, February 22.