Grounds for concern as youth team splits

BOURNE’S youth football team has split from the Wakes and will move to Baston following difficulties ground-sharing with Bourne Town seniors at the Abbey Lawn.

Manager Kevin Bellairs said it had become increasingly difficult for his side to train or play at the Lawn and that the U18s were eventually forced to switch a cup tie to their opponents’ ground and incur the additional costs.

Now Bellairs and his assistant Chris Rimmington have decided to go it alone.

“We are now going to complete our last season as youth footballers in the Peterborough Youth League solo,” said Bellairs. “We have gone independent with two sponsors already coming forward to help us. We are going to be based at Baston using the village facilities which are very good.”

Bellairs said he had tried to fit his side around the senior sides, saying: “We asked to be more involved within the club as we have already put four players through to the reserves and first team. We offered to switch all of our winter games to away games which would save the pitch.”

Wakes chairman Andy Stubley said that unlike Bourne, most clubs have seperate pitches for youth sides.

He said: “With the weather we had last year it became very difficult to sustain three sides on the pitch.

“I am disappointed. Kevin and Chris have worked very hard for the youth team but the committee have to make sure that the pitch is fit for first team football.”

Now looking forward to a fresh start at Baston, Mr Bellairs added: “Everyone we have spoken to has been helpful and encouraging so we are very hopeful of a successful season.”

He is looking for new players to fill gaps left by the older ones and said: “If anyone is nterested in joining as a player or can offer us some financial help please get in touch.”

For details call Kevin Bellairs on 01778 560062.