Fleet reach ?verbal agreement? with new sponsor

Wednesday 16th August 2006

Jason Botley, the new chairman of Gravesend & Northfleet, has revealed the north Kent club are close to announcing their new sponsor, writes Stephen McCartney.

Despite losing their first Nationwide Conference game of the season, a five-goal thriller at Aldershot Town on Saturday, the Fleet bounced back last night.

Two stunning free-kick’s from new signing Mark DeBolla and a brace from striker Charlie MacDonald takes the pair’s tally to three goals apiece after just two games as Tamworth were beaten by four goals to one.

And Mr Botley revealed in his programme notes that the club have reached a “verbal agreement” with an International company.

He said: “We have been actively working to introduce a new shirt sponsor for the coming season and we are close to concluding a deal.

“I am unable to go into the full details at the time of writing, but we have reached a verbal agreement with an International Company, and I anticipate a formal announcement within the next few days.”

Last night was a good one all round for the club, as two youngsters, Mike McKenna and Jack Roberts both made their Conference debuts, having come on as late substitutes.

Mr Botley added: “I have been very impressed with the calibre of players Liam (Daish) has introduced and there appears to be a good mix of experience and youth within the squad.

“I am delighted that we now have four players (the other two being goalkeeper Sam Mott and John Akinde) in the squad that have come through our youth system.

“It has taken six years of hard work for the PASE scheme to bring players through to the first team squad and I would like to thank Mick Chatwin, Ian Docker and Paul McCarthy for their effort and commitment in achieving this.”

A crowd of 936 watched the Fleet’s first home game of the season - let’s hope for more against York City on Saturday. You will be entertained!

Visit Gravesend & Northfleet’s website: www.gnfc.co.uk