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Uttoxeter Town in the mix for three different leagues

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

THREE’S A CROWD . . . Uttoxeter Town have asked to be considered for three different leagues next season

THREE’S A CROWD . . . Uttoxeter Town have asked to be considered for three different leagues next season

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UTTOXETER Town have yet to discover which league they will play in next season – if they achieve promotion out of the Staffordshire Senior League.

Town, who top the Premier Division by seven points, have applied to the Football Association to be considered for three different leagues.

Mark Grimley’s side could be plying their trade in either the Midland Combination, East Midland Counties or North West Counties League.

Club captain Martin Gadsby said: “I think they all have their pros and cons – and we have to accept that there will be a fair amount of travelling whichever route we go down should we gain promotion.

“However it will be out of our hands to a degree, and we just need to make sure that on and off the pitch we do everything that we can to make sure we are in a position to get promotion.”

Last month East Staffordshire Borough Council gave Town permission to erect six floodlights, two 100-seater stands, hard standing of around 300m around the pitch area, plus an extension to the playing surface.

But those plans have been hit by the recent wet weather – with certain criteria needing to be met by March 31.

“We have an enormous amount of work that needs to be done in a short space of time to get the ground ready for the next step,” said Gadsby.

“The weather isn’t helping as it’s putting us back in terms of starting anything, but we’re still confident that we can get everything in place.

“The committee – and in particular our chairman Peter Douglas – are working immensely hard behind the scenes.”

Matters on the pitch have been equally frustrating.

Last Saturday’s scheduled league match against Redgate Clayton was the latest fixture to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Town have had their Leek Cup tie against Stapenhill called off no fewer than three times. Games against Ball Haye Green and Cheadle Town have also fallen foul of the weather in recent weeks.

Gadsby said: “From a football point of view the lack of games is frustrating, but as it’s pretty much across the league, at least we are not losing ground on any of our rivals. Everyone is in the same boat.

“We have trained as much as possible, but it’s not the same as playing competitive games so the sooner we are back playing the better.

“We’re into the business end of the season now. There will be some huge matches in the next three months and we need to be focused for every one of them.

“We’re in a decent position but it’s all about who’s top in May – and we have to make sure that’s us.

“The lads know what it takes to be successful, hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the run-in.”

The Town skipper is confident in the ability of his teammate to finish the season top of the Staffordshire Senior League tree.

Gadsby is less confident of the weather ahead of Saturday’s game against Keele University.

He said: “Hopefully we’ll get some football next weekend, although the weather forecast does not look too promising again.”

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