Chatham boss Kevin Watson appeals for Ryman League to allow side to enter Division 1 South after attendances hit new low
Kevin Watson this week backed calls for Chatham to be
returned to Ryman League Division 1 South next season.
Last week, Chatham chairman Jeff Talbot again spoke out in the
Messenger about the club’s growing sense of frustration at playing
in the north division.
And boss Watson, pictured, voiced his concern at the
"ridiculous" situation the Medway club find themselves in on the
back of seeing just 60 supporters turn up to see Chatham beat
Ilford at Maidstone Road on Tuesday night.
It was the lowest crowd of the season at Maidstone Road but
those in attendance did see the home side end their five-game
winless streak after Austin Gacheru scored the only goal as Chatham
climbed two places to 14th.
Watson feels the lack of local derbies are effecting the
attendances – which in turn has a knock-on effect for his player
The player-boss said: "We’ve got a massive grievance with it and
it’s ridiculous. If it is not addressed next season that
suggests there is a massive flaw in the way they do things and
questions will need to be asked."
The Ryman League believe that the club’s proximity to the
Dartford Crossing means they are ideally situated to make up the
numbers in the north division, but Chatham won’t find out if they
have been successful until the constitution is drawn up in the
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