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#SkipGate kicks-off at Nuneaton and puts friendly in jeopardy!

Nuneaton Boroughs friendly against Football League side Coventry City is in doubt because of some skips which have been tactically placed

The Sky Blues are due to face Boro on Saturday but a groundshare row between the Nuneaton outfit and Nuneaton Rugby Club could see fans shut out from the game.

Bosses of the rugby club blocked Borough’s access to part of the Liberty Way ground yesterday with large industrial skips.

Norman Smurthwaite, the new owner of the Liberty Way ground, spoke to CoventryLive, he said he was working on a ‘Plan B’ to keep the fixture on track.

A row has once again erupted between the Nuns and the Boro after skips arrived outside an entrance to the ground.

(Main image courtesy of Ben Mayne)

He said: “The skips were placed blocking the access yesterday.

“I will be starting litigation against Nuneaton Rugby Football Club to resolve the access issue once and for all, but this legal process could take up to a year.

“In the meantime, there was supposed to be a SAG (Safety Advisory Group) meeting on Thursday in preparation for the game on Saturday and we know, for health and safety reasons, we will not be given a licence for the game if the skips are still blocking access.

“So we will either have to play the game behind closed doors or find another venue for it.”

A Nuns spokesman said that they had been forced to take action again as pleas to arrange a new ground-sharing agreement have fallen on deaf ears.

They said: “We wish football club and its supporters well and hope an agreement for a groundshare can be reached for this season.

“Unfortunately the football club haven’t been in a position to sit down with us at this point and haven’t replied to some correspondence

“The right to access Nuns land is always part of the groundshare agreement and so clearly in the absence of an agreement Nuns have to protect that right.

“So the skips are simply performing the role of a fence protecting Nuns’ land rights.

“Let’s hope this can all be sorted quickly to benefit both clubs and sport in Nuneaton.”

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