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Yeltz want to move north
HALESOWEN Town have confirmed they will look to go north and switch leagues for next season.
Chairman Colin Brookes says the Yeltz have made enquiries about moving from the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West to Northern League Division One South.
He claims the club have travelled more than 4,000 miles this season and could cut the distance by almost half if they move.
That would free up more cash to spend on the playing budget and other essential costs around the ground.
Brookes said: “Moving to the Northern League would certainly be in our interest.
“With the cut in mileage alone it will free up money to spend on other things.
“It’s been very tough this season with the amount of travelling, we’ve been all over the south coast and our nearest local derby is Stourport.
“That costs you players as some would prefer to earn as much as they would with us playing in the Midland Alliance, without all the travelling.”
The Yeltz face another long trip on Saturday when they head to promotion-chasing Sholing, with the main injury concerns defender Mark Smith (ankle) and forward Nathan Jones (knee).
Shaun Cunnington’s men will be looking to make it two wins in a row after goals from Ben Haseley and Marcus Jackson saw them come from behind to beat Clevedon Town 2-1 last weekend.
Meanwhile, Brookes has urged fans to show patience as the club continue to rebuild both on-and-off the field.
The chairman is aware some supporters have voiced displeasure at recent performances but Brookes says a period of consolidation was to be expected considering the current playing budget and the turmoil the club was in just 12 months ago.
He said: “We are in the process of rebuilding a club which came within a whisker of extinction and that is not going to happen overnight.
“There is no magic wand.
“We are going to finish mid-table with a budget of £700 a week which is pretty much what we were expecting when the season began.
“A lot of work has been done around the club and it is a much happier place to be now on a Saturday.
“Hopefully over the summer we can raise more funds through sponsorship to increase the budget.
“The fans can help with that.”
Causeway United had a mixed few days as they lost 3-2 at home to Gresley on Saturday but rebounded to beat Tividale 1-0 on Monday night.
Carl Burley’s men sit fifth in the Midland Alliance ahead of this weekend’s trip to Rocester.