Winding-up petition against the Magpies was HMRC error

FOCUS NOW ON CUP: Dave Ring

FOCUS NOW ON CUP: Dave Ring

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THE winding up petition filed against Dorchester Town was the result of an administrative error.

The news over the weekend shocked many Magpies’ fans but club officials have moved quickly to dispel any unnecessary fears.

A statement on Town’s official website reads: “Early on Monday morning it was established the winding up petition was presented by HMRC, despite the club being up to date with PAYE and VAT payments.

“In court the barrister for HMRC requested the petition be dismissed and Registrar Jones agreed to this. As suspected it appears to have been an administrative error from HMRC.”

Now the mix-up has been cleared up everyone’s focus at the club has now returned to Sunday’s FA Cup first round home tie against Plymouth Argyle (4.30pm).

Dorchester Town Supporters Trust secretary Dave Ring said: “It was a little bit of a worry for a while and anything like that is not good publicity for the club but these things happen and providing everything is fine we can now look forward to Sunday.

“It is going to be a fantastic occasion and it promises to be our best crowd for a long time if not ever.

“The fact it is being televised as well is absolutely fantastic and it could not have come at a better time for the club.

“As everyone knows times are very hard but this now gives the club a bit of breathing space.”

The Magpies have been drawn away to either Poole Town or Didcot Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy on November 10.

The pair face off tonight and Dorchester boss Phil Simkin is expecting a difficult tie against whoever gets through.

He said: “It is a tough one but it could have been a lot worse looking at some of the other draws.

“Whichever side gets through it’s going to be a test there is no two ways about it.”

*The club are looking for volunteers to help clean around the ground this Saturday (from 9am) prior to the visit of Plymouth the following day.
 

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