Dorchester Town's player budget to be cut after FA Cup exit
DORCHESTER Town will be forced into more budget cuts after the Magpies were eliminated by Shortwood Town in the FA Cup.
The Magpies officials were hoping to benefit financially from a cup run after last year’s success – when Dorchester were eventually eliminated by Luton Town in the second round after beating Plymouth Argyle.
A club statement said: “We had really hoped that we may have achieved a longer cup run and reaped some of the rewards that such a run would have brought.
“The importance of the FA Cup for the club cannot be overstated. FA Cup wins generate increasingly significant financial rewards for the club, which can be reinvested into the team to carry it forward to the next stage.
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“In view of this, the club board took the decision to ‘front load’ the budget to allow the best possible chance to FA Cup and early league success.
“The impact of losing the match on Saturday is that the player budget will now have to be reduced. Phil (Simkin) and his team will continue to work tirelessly to provide league success, but the constraints of finance are unavoidable.”
The Magpies co-chairman Shaun Hearn announced he would stand down from his position later this month – while Neal Butterworth has stated that the club’s finances are under control.