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AFC Totton's rivals Hinckley are wound up
4:14pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
THE Calor Southern League Premier Division will be reduced to 23 teams following the demise of Hinckley United.
The Leicestershire club have been wound up by the High Court over debts of more than £200,000.
Subject to board ratification, the Southern League will expunge Hinckley’s playing record and revise the league table accordingly.
League chairman Ken Turner said: “It is accepted that these are extremely difficult times for all football clubs and it is important that the obvious warnings are heeded and that clubs ensure that they operate within their means.
“Otherwise there are likely to be more and more finding themselves with similar problems to those that have brought an end to the existence of Hinckley United.”
The Knitters had been playing in the seventh tier of English football after being relegated from the Conference North last term.
Last season they were deducted three points for failing to pay five players’ wages and forced to postpone a match as they struggled to field a team.
AFC Totton, another club to have experienced financial difficulties in recent months, had yet to play Hinckley this term.
Steve Riley’s men had been due to visit the Knitters on Saturday, January 4 and host the return on the final day of the season (April 26).
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