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Chatham Town are disappointed with a Ryman League decision that has cost them money

21 February 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Jeff Talbot

Jeff Talbot

Chatham Town are financially worse off following Wednesday night’s Robert Dyas League Cup quarter-final.

The original tie should have been played at Grays but a backlog of fixtures at their ground, which they share with Aveley, meant Chatham agreed to switch the tie to Maidstone Road.

But a power failure at Chatham led to Monday’s tie being called off and the league insisted that the rearranged game be played at the same venue on Wednesday night.

That decision by the league meant Chatham had to cancel their agreement with the Kent FA, who planned to use the pitch that night to stage their ladies’ representative game against The Army.

“I’m annoyed,” said club chairman Jeff Talbot (right). “It’s not Grays’ fault and I have to take this up with the league.

“We’ve had to turn away a private customer for a home tie that is not ours and we are £200 down on that just because Grays can’t get on their pitch.

“With the game postponed on Monday, we are going to end up hundreds down because of a decision made by the league."

Chatham are back in Ryman 1 North action on Saturday when they travel to promotion-chasing Harlow Town.

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