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Willenhall Town saved by local sponsor

Willenhall Town, who suffered relegation from the Unibond League, have received a major boost after securing a sponsorship deal with local firm Aspray 24.

It was feared that Willenhall, who are set to play in the West Midlands Alliance next season, would lose Noose Lane after new pitch hire charges were announced. However the local haulage firm, also based on Noose Lane, has stumped thousands to keep the Lockmen going for at least another season.

The new pitch charges were announced last month by new owners Sporting Khalsa who took over the freehold of the ground when previous owners Marston’s brewery put the freehold up for sale. Willenhall FC went into administration in the summer owing the brewery around £60,000 in unpaid hire charges.

Club committee member and Willenhall South councillor Sean Coughlan said: “The pitch hire will cost around £5,500 a year which is an extra cost to us and something we have to find ourselves.

“Aspray has said this will be covered within its sponsorship deal which means we will be playing football at Noose Lane again next season.

“Everyone wants Willenhall FC to remain where it is.”

Stuart Laight, Aspray Managing Director said: “We have agreed to continue supporting the team to hopefully keep them going at Noose Lane.”

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