Meltdown fear for Devils

Canadian Andrew Magee in action for Solent Devils this term. Picture: Dave Chapman
Canadian Andrew Magee in action for Solent Devils this term. Picture: Dave Chapman
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Gosport ice hockey powerhouses Solent Devils are facing a race against time to avoid financial meltdown.

The National League south division one outfit say they have suffered a devastating blow following the sudden departure of their chairman Sean Coleman.

A statement from the club’s management team said that ‘major funding’ promised at the start of the season will not now materialise leaving ‘a significant hole in the club’s budget’ which threatens the future of the club.

An urgent plea has been issued for financial support.

The club has been enjoying one of its most successful starts to a season but the cash crisis has put their hopes of completing it in danger.

The Gosport Arena side, who currently sit seventh in the table, are confident they can fulfil Sunday’s home fixture with struggling Oxford City Stars (7pm).

But without finding significant new investment, there is a real possibility they will not survive beyond Christmas.

Devils bench coach Darrin Laishley said: ‘The owner has decided he no longer wants to be part of the club.

‘The investment he was going to bring to the club at the beginning of the season – that we worked our budgets out on – is now no longer there.

‘We are now working hard on that without his input.’

Laishley, who has been with the club for the past 25 years, was unable to predict when the Devils will run out of cash.

But he admitted they are living day-to-day. He added: ‘There are people who are helping out and the more who do that the better it is for us.’

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