'Victims of their own success'

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DEPUTY Rob Ward’s States Assembly plea, to provide aid for the Jersey Bulls, draws attention to the role of they have in the community.

The fledgling side were unaware that Ward had re-raised the issue, ensuing from alike requests late last year.

Usually, any cry for help financially, would come from the source.

Rarely does one see supporters of a team rallying for assistance on their own accord.

The plea specifically asked for the removal of fees the Bulls pay to use the public facility at Springfield, even on a temporary basis.

Deputy Tom Binet’s reply to Ward was encouraging, committing to a meeting with him at the earliest possible time.

Bulls chief executive Ian Horswell said: ‘It’s so lovely to see.

‘To know that we have loyal fans willing to do what they can to help us is incredible.’

His side’s financial struggles will come as no surprise to avid followers, after withdrawing from Combined Counties Premier League [CCPL] Cup.

The postponement of fixtures were aggravated by the inability to recoup travel costs, placing the Caesarean’s under a monetary burden.

To add insult to injury, the price of flights to the mainland has increased dramatically to reflect demand.

Horswell said: ‘It was a very tough decision to withdraw from the cup [CCPL].

‘But one that was ultimately taken out of our hands.

‘We have enjoyed great success across the cups that we have entered, but we simply couldn’t afford to win it.’

His side are still however, flying high in both the Combined Counties Premier South and still in with a chance of claiming the FA Vase.

They face defending champions Newport Pagnell Town in Buckinghamshire tomorrow [1pm], following a dramatic penalty shootout success over fellow cup favourites Leighton Town.

While the Islanders are yet to be contacted by the government, there is future hope that with some assistance, the community club can remain stable and continue to provide several locals with a vital escape from the working week.

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