Ground grading crunch time

IN THE past Haywards Heath have been spared relegation from the County League because of their ground grading and although they have been warned that may not be case in the future, it looks as if it could save them again if they finish in one of the relegation places.

At the County League’s last management committee meeting it was proposed that the same principle that cost Hailsham and Wick relegation to from Division 1 at the end of last season be applied to Division 2 and also 3 if necessary.

Clubs in Division 3 falling foul of the grounds commitee include Bosham and Pease Pottage. Bosham have failed to do the work necessary for retaining Division 3 status, while Pottage are ungraded having failed to meet the standards set for the Step they are playing in.

Revisits to grounds have been arranged in the next week or so but clearly with the proposed changes at Step 5, which by the way have gone strangely quiet since the initial furore, it seems the day of reckoning draws ever closer.

Haywards Heath are currently second from bottom in Division 3 but could move above Clymping on goal difference if beating lowly TD Shipley this Saturday. That would rely on Clymping losing at local rivals Ferring.

All local MPS in Sussex have been enlisted to help fight the proposed changes at Step 5 and the FA’s review sub committee are due to report to the leagues committee next month.