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Pre-season friendly in doubt due to skips blocking ground entrance

A pre-season friendly which is due to be played this weekend could be in doubt because of skips blocking the entrance to Liberty Way.

It is said that they have been dumped at the ground as part of an ongoing feud between the National League North club and Nuneaton Rugby Club.

League One side Coventry City are due to play Boro on Saturday but it could see the fans shut out.

The new ground owner, Norman Smurthwaite, spoke to CoventryLive saying he was working on a ‘Plan B’ to keep the fixture on track.

“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 spokesman for the rugby club said that they had been forced to take action.

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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