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Story posted: Thursday, 17th May 1990

No-go Rovers!
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Gresley Rovers were today ruled out of the Beazer League promotion race.
In a shock announcement on the Clubcall line, Beazer League secretary Dennis Strudwick gave a clear indication that the Moatmenís third place finish was not going to be good enough.

He said: ďAs far as the clubs coming up are concerned itís my estimation of the position so far that it will not be possible for the committee to consider third placed clubs this season. So Tonbridge, Gresley, Evesham and Mangotsfield could miss out as far as it appears there will be an adequate number of clubs meeting the ground grading criteria who finished in first or second places.Ē

The news was a bitter blow to the club who have been working hard to bring the Moat Ground up to Beazer League standards after missing out on promotion last season because of inadequate facilities.

That work, which includes a brand new stand, will continue but can now only be of use if Gresley can relaunch a promotion challenge next season.

Club secretary Peter Jenkinson said today: ďItís very disappointing but we will press on with our ground improvements and hope for a better League position next year.

It appears that Rocester, however, are still in the promotion hunt. Strudwick did not rule out second-placed clubs and the Romans only lost out on the Banksís League title to Hinckley Town on goal difference.

An official announcement is expected after a meeting of the Joint Liaison Committee in London on Monday.
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  Team P GD Pts
10 Highgate United 29 -3 38
11 South Normanton Athletic 26 0 37
12 Worcester City 26 11 36
13 AFC Wulfunians 31 -6 36
14 Coventry Sphinx 25 -19 34
15 Tividale 23 -4 27
16 Haughmond 29 -29 26
17 Racing Club Warwick 24 -29 24
18 Lye Town 28 -31 18
19 Gresley 26 -22 16
20 Selston 25 -38 13

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