Dinnington Town kids play on

The NCEL Division One side who went by the name of Dinnington Town might be no more, but it’s business as usual for the junior set-up.

The senior side played their last game of the season and folded, due to financial problems and recent vandalism at their Phoenix Park ground.

But Dinnington Town Juniors are alive and well, and planning for the future.

Chairman Darren Crookes told the Worksop Guardian that they were plotting a route into senior football for local kids.

He said: “It’s business as usual for us, we’re continuing as we are.”

“We’ve got teams at every age group bar one up to Under 18.”

“And we’re looking to set up a senior side under the name of Dinnington Town Juniors.”

“For the past few seasons we’ve had two Under 18 teams and there needs to be somewhere for them to go, for open age football.”

The level at which the new senior side will play has not yet been decided, and Crookes is in talks with the sport’s authorities.

“We’re discussing it with the FA, but I know it won’t be the North East Counties like the previous side.”

Organised football has been played in the town for over 100 years, and Dinnington Town Juniors are keen to ensure that continues.

Former Dinnington Town boss Steve Toyne and others at the club were forced to cease operations, unable to meet mounting costs or continue to bear the phyiscal toll of the logistics involved.

Toyne said: “It’s a sad, sad day.”

“It was a momentous decision.

“But I couldn’t lose my house over it.”