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Badgers Briefings with Paddy Farrell

Tomorrow, Eastwood Town make early re-acquaintance with last Saturday's visitors - and victims - with a trip to Rockingham Road to meet Corby Town in a Blue Square North league fixture.

With just one point separating co-leaders Eastwood from seventh-plaecd Corby, this promises to be another very tight match and Paul Cox will be hoping to be near full-strength.

Mark Hume, will, of course, still be suspended and Craig McAughtrie is again available.

All Eastwood fans will be cheered by the news that Danny Holland's injury is less serious than feared and the top-form striker's presence will raise the Badgers' chances.

I understand that a supporters' coach will leave at 12.30pm.

Almost inevitably, last Monday's FA Cup third qualifying round draw paired us with our nearest league neighbours Ilkeston Town and worse still it is Eastwood fans who have to 'cross the brook.'

The game is due to be played at the New Manor Ground on Saturday, October 10 with a noon kick-off.

From rumours rife all around the ground last Saturday, it looks as if Chris Shaw could yet again be on his way back to Coronation Park.

For all his continuous ability to see greener fields beckoning, Chris will always be a huge favourite with all Eastwood fans if only for the vital goals he has scored.

Remember that winner in the play-off final and the equally important one which kept our FA Cup hopes alive at Lincoln? If it works out we can only say - yet again - 'welcome home Chris!'

Yet another sign of how parlous is the financial state of several Conference clubs was the announcement that the High Court had wound up Hyde United FC with alleged debts of 123,000.

Even though the doors of Ewen Fields are padlocked, insurance on the stadium invalid and last Saturday's home FA Cup tie with Salford City postponed, the fight to emulate fellow Blue Square North Farsley Celtic goes one.

The backing of famous millionaire fan Ricky Hatton represents one way out but chairman Stephen Hartley is realistic, saying earlier this week: "It is hugely complex and the odds are very much against us."

However, in a statement issued by the Hyde United board just before these notes were submitted, Mr Hartley comfirms the club now has raised the funds to clear the petition debt and all related costs.

Apparently the total remaining debt is around 60k with the most urgent being the balance due to HM Revenue & Customs outside the petition debt.

A hearing will now be arranged, and HMRC is the big stumbling block with their insistence on full payment 'without significant delay'.

Get around that snag, and Lazarus could rise again!

Jody Banim, one of the better-known non-league strikers, has re-joined Radcliffe Borough, for whom he originally signed in 2001/2 from Hyde United.

Banim established a cult following at Bernard Manning's club with more than 90 goals in just over two seasons and got a UniBond sponsors award for 14 goals in consecutive matches from September to November 2003.

He got Borough a 20,000 transfer fee from Shrewsbury in December 2003 and has more recently been at Droylsden and Salford.

 
 
 

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