By Joshua Peck
SHOLING are still in the hunt for an investor following a tricky couple of years off the pitch.
The Boatmen resigned from the Southern League South & West last season due to financial reasons but now sit 11 points clear at the top of the Wessex League Premier.
The Hampshire side are also in the fourth round of the FA Vase and host Hullbridge Sports next weekend in a tie that manager Dave Diaper is keen to win.
Diaper said: “There is so much importance in the Vase for us. The prize money that we get is so important.
“We are working our way upwards but if there are any money men available, then I am urging you to come along and have a look at us.
“We are a massive club but we are having to work miracles at the moment. We are still on a small budget, but we pay what we can.
“We are getting increased gates despite the drop in level but we won’t put the club at risk. The future of the club is the most important thing.”
The resignation from Step 4 was purely due to financial reasons but Sholing sit top of the Wessex Premier having not been beaten in the league this season.
The Boatmen dropped out of the Southern League South & West last year despite finishing seventh, and they are now looking to rise again.
Diaper added: “The club need and want to be in the Southern League. We have done well there before and that is what we are working towards.”