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No new deal on ground-share

NO DEAL: Newmarket Town boss Kevin Grainger has insisted that a ground-share between Newmarket Town and Cambridge City is to expire at the end of the season.

NO DEAL: Newmarket Town boss Kevin Grainger has insisted that a ground-share between Newmarket Town and Cambridge City is to expire at the end of the season.

Kevin Grainger has revealed that a deal for Cambridge City to ground-share with Newmarket Town will expire at the end of this season.

Earlier this week, the Jockeys’ joint-manager made it clear that no extension on the deal, which was struck in February 2010, has been agreed between the two clubs beyond the end of the current campaign.

The deal was initially agreed between the two sides after the Evo-Stick Southern Premier League side faced being turfed out of their current ground at Milton Road.

“Cambridge City have been saying that they have still got a deal in place, but that is not the case,” said Grainger. “As far as we are concerned that deal finishes at the end of this season.

“I am not saying we won’t talk about it further but they can’t keep saying there is a deal there when there isn’t. It is not fair on us as a football club.”

Although pleased when the deal was originally struck, Grainger claimed he has always held reservations over the Lilywhites actually taking up a temporary residence at the Cricket Field Road stadium.

“When we shook hands I always thought at the back of my mind that if Cambridge found something closer to home they would go for it,” said Grainger.

“To be fair to them you can’t just relocate a football club, but at the time they were quite desperate and they didn’t know where their future lied and we were happy to help.”

While talks have yet to take place between any extension over the ground-share between Town and City, Grainger confirmed that the Thurlow Nunn League Division One outfit are still in the process of looking for a new ground themselves.

But any potential move for the club hinges on a decision over supermarket proposals at the town’s George Lambton playing fields.

“We are still looking to relocate but it is a slow process, however we feel we are in a strong position,” said Grainger. “At the moment it all depends if Sainsbury’s come into the town. All we can do is be very patient.”

Town will be back in league action for the first time since December 8 when entertaining Stowmarket Town on Saturday (3pm).

The initial game between the two sides in September was controversially called off just 17 minutes in by referee Sean Kilbourn after Gareth Ward suffered a bad break to his right leg.

“All the lads are looking forward to playing and I have a full squad to pick from on Saturday,” said Grainger. “It doesn’t matter if we win 1-0 or 5-0, the important thing is that we get three points out of the match.”

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Mildenhall Town will look to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at home to Hadleigh United on Tuesday when taking on Brantham Athletic at Recreation Way on Saturday (3pm).

Ryman League Division One North outfit Soham Town Rangers will also be in action at home this weekend with mid-table Brentwood Town the visitors.

 

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