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Sleights Football Club To Play Back At Home Ground

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Published at 6:00am 13th July 2018.

Sleights Football Club will be playing their home matches back at Lowdale Lane in the village, after more than 15 years on the road in Whitby.

The Villagers will take on a Whitby Town All Stars XI, made of ex-Town players, on Thursday 6th September to officially re-open the site for football.

Sleights Cricket Club are the current sole tenants of the ground.

The All Stars XI will include ex-Blues Ben Escritt, Scott Nicholson, Davey Southern and former player-manager Darren Williams.

Former Vase-winning skipper Neil Hodgson and current community manager (and ex player) Eddie McNamee will also be involved.

Sleights FC chairman Andrew Snaith told Yorkshire Coast Radio:

"This has been years in the making. Since myself and James Howard, our former manager, first spoke with Matt Hewison.

Matt's been a huge help, using his experience and contacts to help as much as he possibly could. The trustees were also really keen to assist and get football back in the village. 

We also must thank our friends at the cricket club for participating fully in discussions and giving us a fair hearing. We hope we can work together for years to come."

Hewison, Scarborough Borough Council's Sport Development Officer, added:

"It has been a pleasure working with Sleights FC and the Sleights Sports Field Trustees on this project, as they have both done all they can to see the scheme come to fruition. 

"The scheme is a real positive for everyone really; the club get to play back in the village and develop further and the facility can also develop as a multi – sport facility and increase participation and health and well-being for local residents."

Sleights FC co-player-manager Sam Leadley has worked alongside his chairman, Hewison and the trustees to help deliver the return to his home village. 

He said:

"It's a great feeling knowing we're finally going to be back playing in Sleights and can have our own pitch which we can call home.

"It's a massive step for the club going forward and a great thing for the village too. Hopefully it will encourage more people from the village to play for us and also to come and watch us play." 

Sleights' upcoming friendlies include:

  • Sat 28 Jul - v Fishburn Park
  • Sat 4 Aug - v Redcar Newmarket(A)
  • Thurs 9 Aug- v Whitby Fishermens (N)
  • Sat 11 Aug- v Stokesley SC (A)
  • Mon 20th Aug- v Fishburn Park Reserves
  • Thurs 23 Aug- v Goldsborough (N)
  • Thurs 6 Sep- v Whitby Town All Stars (H).

The new Beckett League season begins on Saturday 1st September, with Sleights joined by last season's league champions and local rivals Lealholm, as well as Heslerton, Kirkbymoorside Reserves, Kirkdale United, Rosedale, Sinnington, Snainton Reserves and Thornton Dale.

 

 

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