Easington Colliery lives another day

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THERE have been further twists and turns in the Easington Colliery saga, but the latest position is that they will remain in the STL Northern League and fulfil their fixture against Darlington RA on Saturday.

On Monday night, manager Andy Colledge resigned following an emergency meeting held in the Workmen’s Club but yesterday he reversed his decision.

“We have another meeting tonight, this time in the football club at 7pm and hopefully we can make some progress.

“I have someone who is prepared to immediately put £500 into the club. Spennymoor Town have also been in touch and offered us a friendly from which we would be given all the income.

“These are wonderful gestures which gives me great encouragement that we can continue. At this point in time I see no reason why we can’t meet our up-coming commitments both on and off the field,” said Colledge.

STL Northern League chairman Mike Amos said: “Andy Colledge’s offer to steer Easington Colliery towards better times is much appreciated - it would be good if he was able to work with existing officials.

“After an eventful few days, the league greatly hopes that this marks the beginning of a new era. As always, we will help in any way possible.”

Alan Purvis, who spent three decades with the club, the last 23 as secretary, recently stood down for health reasons but last night said he would do anything possible to help the club through its present difficulties.