Mar 21 2013 By Matt Lewis
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CONFERENCE bosses have told Hayes & Yeading to get in touch over their ground situation for next season or risk facing expulsion from the league.
United have until March 31 to confirm where they will be playing football next season and have two options open to them.
The club is hoping to move into their new home, The Sharda Glass Stadium, for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
In order to start playing football at the Beaconsfield Road venue, the ground must first meet the National Ground Grading Category B standard before the end of the month.
Alternatively, Hayes & Yeading can extend their current ground-share deal at Woking or find another suitable venue to fulfill their fixtures.
At the time of going to press, neither of these have been rubber-stamped by the Football Conference and United have failed to respond to correspondence from the league.
Failure to inform the Conference of their intentions before the deadline would leave the club ineligible for membership next season.
“If they haven’t got a ground then they [Hayes & Yeading] can’t play football,” Dennis Strudwick, general manager at the Football Conference, told the Gazette.
“Their current agreement takes them through to the end of the current season. Without a ground they will not be eligible for membership for next season.
“I am waiting for the club. I don’t know what the situation is and I’ve not heard a single thing. The club knows exactly what it’s got to do because it’s been through this process before.
“I’ve written more than one letter on the matter. I need someone to reply to me.”
Hayes & Yeading still have time to get everything in place, but Strudwick has warned it can take up to a week to arrange a ground grading.
“If people are available then it could be arranged for the following day,” he added. “But if people are not available it might take a week to establish a mutual date on which people can attend.”
Hayes & Yeading have been approached for a comment on the stadium situation on several occasions, but have yet to respond.
The club is this week mourning the death of club stalwart and former Yeading FC chairman Phillip ‘Spud’ Spurden.