City ‘will not be going bust’

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Outgoing Milton Keynes RUFC chairman John Theobald told members at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday night that the club is not close to folding.

Theobald, who will step down as chairman at the end of the season following a row with the Rugby Football Union and its treatment of one of his players, called the meeting to address speculation that the club was close to going under.

“I’m not sure where these rumours have come from but it’s definitely not the case,” he said. “About 50-60 members were there and it was one of the things we cleared up.

“Finances are tight but we have the debts under control and we’re seeing what we can do to help the situation, like holding more functions.”

Meanwhile things are starting to look up for Milton Keynes on the pitch after a 24-7 home win on Saturday.

City’s Southern Counties North league success against Drifters was vital in keeping their hopes of promotion this season alive, but the bad news was that all three of their title rivals also picked up victories on Saturday, some easier than others.

Leaders Grove hammered Wallingford 73-0 to remain on top of the pile, Reading Abbey edged past Aylesbury to stay in second, and Buckingham won at Olney to keep hold of third place – a point ahead of City.

But with just four points separating first from fourth place, City remain well placed to challenge for the title, or at least make the play-offs.

With just five games left to play, City’s trip to Grove next weekend will prove decisive one way or another. However, before then they must pick up maximum points at home to Thatcham and hope that for once other results go in their favour.