Melton Mowbray FC face uncertain future as Sileby crowned Senior League champions

Melton Mowbray FC in their change strip, sponsored by Engineered Air Treatment Ltd EMN-150417-113750002
Melton Mowbray FC in their change strip, sponsored by Engineered Air Treatment Ltd EMN-150417-113750002
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Melton Mowbray FC manager Matt Curtis hailed his team’s achievements despite seeing the Senior League title slip out of reach on Saturday.

Sileby Town clinched the championship on Saturday with a 2-0 win over St Andrew’s Reserves, taking Steve Hendey’s men six points clear of Melton who still have one fixture outstanding.

The result left Mowbray having to settle for runners-up spot for the second year running. They were also the bridesmaids in the Senior Cup, losing out to East Midlands Counties League champions Bardon Hill in the semi-finals.

Curtis said: “Fair play to Sileby, you have to take your hat off to them; they have been there all season.

“They had a wobble, but came through it and were the worthy winners.

“If you reflect on it, they beat us twice which ultimately cost us.

“We had a bad start to the season again, but after that we only lost two more games.”

Curtis and co-manager Cliff Thornton are still waiting to hear a ruling on Melton’s fixture at Kirby Muxloe Reserves which was postponed last month when the home side failed to raise a team.

Melton are also waiting to hear of news regarding their new ground at the site of the town’s proposed new sports village.

The club are currently homeless, having ended their tenancy at Asfordby Amateurs ground where they have played for the last two seasons, and are still waiting for work to start on a temporary ground in time for next season.

Mowbray look certain to miss out on promotion for a second straight year because of ground regulations.

Friar Lane and Epworth were the only team in the league with facilities passed fit by the FA for a move up to the next level of non-league football.

But they missed out on a top five spot on the final day, making them ineligible for promotion.

The situation has put the club in a state of flux, with both management and players unsure where their futures lie.

Curtis added: “We’ve had contact from East Midlands Counties League clubs who I think were looking forward to playing us next season, especially after our semi-final against Bardon Hill.

“The lads, and Cliff and I had our hearts set on it and another season in the Senior League is not really where we wanted to be.

“We have a good bunch of lads. They are at the right age with plenty of years in front of them, still developing as a team, but we need to take it to the next level.

“Second place is still a good achievement so we will take it on the chin, get to the end of the season and take stock from there.”