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Bromsgrove Rovers fans to set up new club

Bromgsrove Rovers
Rovers have been deducted 10 points for entering administration

Supporters of administration-hit Zamaretto League Division One Midlands side Bromsgrove Rovers are to form a new club.

Bromsgrove Sporting plan to enter the Midland Combination next season.

"Because we are worried about the state of Rovers we opted to form our own club," Sporting spokesman Rob McLaren told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"Gates have dwindled from around 1100 down to about 200, so we think there are hundreds of fans in the town."

Bromsgrove Sporting originally formed a consortium with the Rovers Supporters Society in an effort to buy the club but were outbid by businessman Mike Ward.

Rovers had hoped to battle out of administration by way of a Creditors Voluntary Agreement (CVA), but some of the major creditors would not agree to this.

After being deducted 10 points for entering administration Rovers have slipped to 20th in the league table and face a struggle to avoid relegation.

McLaren added that the creditors' inability to reach an agreement over the CVA means that Rovers are almost certain to face additional sanctions.

"We found out on Monday from Sanderlings [the administrators] that they are now going to sell the assets of the club through a straight administration," said McLaren.

"We are trying to find out if the club will incur a further penalty for this, a further points deduction or relegation.

"They are effectively closing down Bromsgrove Rovers Football Club and selling the assets to another party."

Bromsgrove Sporting now believe that the best way forward is to create a clean break from Rovers.

"I've been watching Bromsgrove Rovers for 43 years now and it is quite a blow," said McLaren

"You always imagine that when football clubs get in trouble the people of the town will rally round and they did behind us.

"But for some reason there seems to be a drive towards Mike Ward's bid and he offered more money than us so we have to live with that."

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