The North Wilts League are delighted to announce that their 2014/15 cup finals will take place at Evo-Stik League Southern club, Cirencester Town.
In a statement issued today, North Wilts League Chairman Andy Ratcliffe said ‘we’re delighted that our colleagues over at Cirencester Town have kindly offered to host this season’s prestigious cup final event. Cirencester Towns facilities are excellent and they’ve bent over backwards to accommodate.’
‘The Evo-Stik League Southern is just a couple of steps below the Football League, so after to Swindon Town FC’s County Ground, their stadium, pitch and hospitality facilities are the best in the area and our management committee are delighted that the teams that have reached the final stage of our cup competition will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in such prestigious surroundings.
The North Wilts League has been fortunate enough to enjoy use of the County Ground in recent years, but with Swindon Town doing so well in Sky Bet League 1 this season, timing the league’s finals day proved to be a step too far, and Cirencester Town stepped in quickly to offer their help.
The county ground is the natural go-to stadium for events such as this as it plays host to a long-standing professional club and the majority of our league clubs play in the Swindon area as well.’
‘We have a developing relationship with both the football club and the supporters trust and we’re in regular contact with both, but Swindon Town are in a very tight race for automatic promotion and a playoff place and when we looked at possible dates, it was simply impossible to pin anything down because there is a chance that their season could go right down to the very last match.
If the county ground is needed for a playoff match, the margin between the end of the season, the home match and the pitch being taken up ahead of next season is just too tight.
When Alan Lloyd over at Cirencester became aware of the situation, he immediately offered us their stadium and facilities and of course the North Wilts League committee were very happy to accept.
We can now make firm plans to ensure that the 2 day event is every bit as exiting and memorable for participating players, coaches and spectators as it has been in the past.
With everything that this league has been through in the last couple of years, it’s heartening when a club of Cirencester’s size and standing in the game come in to save the day and we’re all grateful to them for doing so.
The 2014/15 North Wilts League finals will be held over the weekend of May 9th and 10th.
Further details will be announced on the NWL website.