Writer: Jorge's Jottings
Date:Friday April 20 2007
The following story has been run in the Lincolnshire Echo.
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Steve Evans has today hit out at the Football League, claiming it is withholding a £100,000 payment to cash-strapped Boston United.
The Pilgrims were due to receive the windfall - paid to all League Two clubs - as part of a pot containing sponsorship and television money.
But according to Evans, Boston have not received the cash because the league doubt they can fulfil their remaining fixtures.
The Pilgrims have just three games left in their battle to avoid the drop, but only nine senior professionals will be available for Saturday's home game against Chester.
However, Evans (right) is confident the club will see the season out and will draft in help from the youth team if need be.
'There is no doubt in my mind the programme will be completed, but the Football League think otherwise,' claimed Evans.
'If we have to play 11 youth team players to complete our fixtures this season, then we will.
'The chairman, Jim Rodwell, told me the League is holding up a payment of around £100,000, even though every other club got theirs on Tuesday.
'Given the situation we're in, it doesn't help us at all.'
The Echo contacted the Football League, but they could not shed any further light on the situation.
However, spokesman John Nagle was optimistic the matter would be clarified later this week.
'Despite my efforts, nobody at senior level connected to this issue was available for comment,' said Nagle.
'There is a Football League meeting today and I hope to speak to the relevant people after it has been concluded.'
Despite repeated attempts, Boston chairman Jim Rodwell (left), was unavailable for comment.
But should Boston be unable to complete their fixtures, the Football League did confirm their record would be expunged.
That would mean the current table would look different, with Walsall taking top spot ahead of current leaders Hartlepool by two points.
Struggling Wrexham could also earn a reprieve as Torquay are already relegated.
Date:Friday April 20 2007
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