CASH-strapped Hucknall Town have been dealt another major blow after being told they need to raise a whopping £5,000 to replace their faulty floodlights.
The failure of the lights behind the main stand at Watnall Road caused the abandonment of an Evo-Stik League, Premier Division clash against Buxton on Bank Holiday Monday January 3.
Town have called in electricians to investigate the problem that caused the lights to go out after 63 minutes, with The Bucks leading 1-0.
Now Yellows boss Tommy Brookbanks has disclosed that a new control box is needed and underground cabling must be replaced.
Hopefully the work will be completed by Friday (January 14). But, as a precaution, Town have brought forward the kick-off time for their Evo-Stik Premier fixture with Northwich Victoria at Watnall Road on Saturday (January 15).
The game will now start at 1.30 pm, instead of 3 pm, to avoid the need to use the floodlights. Brookbanks said The Vics and the Evo-Stik League had been fully co-operative.
Town now have a month to pay the bill for the repaired floodlights and are appealing to fans to help them raise cash. Bear in mind it’s less than a month since £3,000 was stolen in a raid from the club’s Talk Of The Town social club.
Brookbanks, who insisted the need for the £5,000 would not affect his playing budget, said: “We are organising a collection at tomorrow’s game, so any donations will be gratefully received.
“Without the lights, we would not be able to play any games.
“We would love to hear from any supporters, local businesses or sponsors who can help.
“It is a far bigger job than we thought. But we will raise the money one way or another. We will be having functions.
“It has been a very difficult period. We have had no games because of the snow and then we had the burglary.
“But we will sort it, although we will need people’s help.”
Meanwhile Brookbanks revealed he is looking to make new signings to strengthen his squad.
“With the glut of games we have coming up, because of the weather backlog, we feeel it is important to bring in a couple of lads,” he said.
“We are happy with the 16 or 17 players we have in the squad, but we simply want to cover our backs with so many games coming up.”
Brookbanks would not reveal any names but said he was looking at recruiting cover for defence and midfield.
Town are sweating on the fitness of influential centre-half Grant Brindley for tomorrow’s visit of Northwich after he picked up a thigh injury against Mickleover Sports last Saturday. Club captain Wayne Diuk is on standby to replace him.
Northwich are eighth in the table but have games in hand over numerous teams as they chase the promotion play-offs. The Vics stuffed Town 4-0 in the reverse fixture in August and have former Yellows striker Oliver Ryan on their books.
Floodlights permitting, The Yellows are also in action on Tuesday January 18 against Worksop Town in the Third Round of the Unibond League Cup at Watnall Road (kick-off 7.45 pm).