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Hello everyone From the Programme Editor Plenty for me to talk about in this programme but most of it is a bit gloomy involving clubs who are in, or could be in trouble. Also in the programme I have included a pictorial depiction of how the geography of the 3 southern step 4 leagues looked at the 2nd April, and a reminder of the current Sittingbourne squad. First then a local story involving Canterbury City. They are awaiting for planning permission for a new ground, which they would share with Canterbury Rugby Club. City have been ground sharing now for some 11 years and their chairman, Tim Clarke, fears that if permission is not granted the club would collapse. Staying fairly local, Bostik Premier side Thurrock have announced that they are to disband at the end of the season. If you have been reading my notes in previous programmes you will not be surprised. This announcement will alter the step 4 and 5 promotions. It is expected that there will be an additional pro-motion place at both of these steps. At our step (4) the losing play off finalists with the highest points per games played will go up. At step 5 (Eg The Southern Counties Eastern League) an additional club will be promoted which is expected to be a 3rd placed club with the highest Points per game. Remember that by step 4 we are not just talking about our division but al-so the Bostik North and the Evo Stick East and West. At step 5 we are talking about a whole host of step 5 leagues! Back to Thurrock, but this time its East Thurrock Utd. The Thames Gateway initiative has meant that East Thurrock Utd’s ground is valued at £10M. This valuation has caused a court battle over ownership. Its basically a family at war. The Bennett family and interested parties, including a nephew and a boyfriend, all appeared to have played their part in saving the club back in 2002, when it had debts of £300,000. The nephew and now ex boyfriend want 10—20% of a sale to developers and this is being disputed. There was a flare up after the hearing apparently. The judge will rule on ownership at a later date! The Bostik Premier relegation battle is in its final stages and it’s a two horse race between Tooting & Mitcham Utd and Burgess Hill Town as to who will drop down to our level. The favourite at the moment must be Tooting, who although level on points with the Hillians, have a vastly inferior goal difference and have played two games more! Finally Sittingbourne Youth play Halle St Martinus Youth from Belgium here at Woodstock tomorrow . Listen out for the KO time! Peter Business processes planning. ISO 9001:2015 and the Security Industries Authority Approved Contract Scheme specialists.
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