HELLENIC LEAGUE: Shrivenham boss defends 'morally right' postponement
6:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in Latest News
SHRIVENHAM manager Dave Turner has claimed he made the “morally right” choice by calling off his side’s midweek clash with Binfield.
Turner was unable to raise a team for Shrivvy’s Hellenic League Premier Division fixture on Monday, meaning the club decided not to take part in the tie rather than field a side consisting of several unregistered players and risk incurring the wrath of the league in that respect.
Much has been said about the state of affairs at Shrivenham in local non-league circles since the announcement, but Turner stressed that the club remains united and he does not regret the decision that was made.
He told the Advertiser: “I’ve not got a lot to say. It was just one of those things. It’s going to the league so it’s probably best I don’t say much about it.
“The one thing I can say about it is there is no problem at the club. We’re in a really healthy state, contrary to the opinions of others and what has been said in some places.
“There was a decision to be made and for me it was the better thing to do rather than playing unregistered players. Morally it was the correct decision.”
Turner is keen to move on from the incident now and focus on the weekend game against Wokingham & Emmbrook in the Bluefin Challenge Cup.
With a full squad at his disposal the Shrivvy boss is confident of getting a good result and progression to round two.
“It’s looking great,” he said. “I’ve got a fully fit squad and there are four coming back from injuries going into the reserves to get a game.
“We’re looking good and I’m looking forward to the weekend and a good game of football.”
Meanwhile, Turner has nonsensed claims made by Wootton Bassett manager Jeff Roberts that striker Richie Miles has swapped Shrivenham for their Hellenic League rivals.
Roberts told the Advertiser earlier this week that Miles had made the move to Corinium Stadium tenants, saying: “Bringing Richie in means we have another striker which we badly need, and given this performance maybe we need to start looking if we need to bring more in.”
However, Turner has refuted the suggestion, stating the player has no desire to move away from Barrington Park.
He said: “I saw the story that Richie Miles had joined Wootton Bassett. He definitely hasn’t. Richie Miles has spoken to me and he’s loving every minute at Shrivenham.
“As of about an hour ago he was a Shrivenham player. I spoke to our secretary and there has been no transfer of any kind.
“I could tell you what the player said when I asked him about it all but it would be unprintable in the paper. You’d have to fill in the bleeps.”
Meanwhile, Turner his bolstered his ranks with the dual-registration signing of Swindon Supermarine’s Harry Etheridge. “It’s a massive signing for the club,” the Shrivvy boss said.
Finally, Turner has signed goalkeeper Louis Le Touche from Pewsey Vale.
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