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Cabbage eye Combination; FOOTBALL: COVENTRY ALLIANCE.

Byline: PHIL HORSFALL

STOCKINGFORD are to apply to join the Midland Combination.

The Cabbage aim to quit the Coventry Alliance where they have been one of the dominant forces for the past 10 years. If successful, they would become the sixth major club to make the switch from the Alliance to the Combination in recent years.

Stockingford are odds-on favourites to regain the Alliance Premier title after losing out to Foly Lane last season, and boss Jimmy Ginnelly, said: "I cannot take the club any further in the Alliance, we need a new challenge.

"We know everything about everyone in the Alliance and it is becoming very hard to motivate our players who have been playing against the same opposition for the past six or seven years. The Combination would give us fresh impetus and would also make it easier for me to sign players. "

Stockingford feel that they are being left behind by arch rivals Nuneaton Griff who made the switch from the Alliance to the Combination two years ago - after they had finished as runners-up in the Alliance, finishing seven points behind the Cabbage!

Griff, who play at the Pingles Stadium, were put straight in to the top flight of the Combination and responded by winning the title.

Unlike Griff, Stockingford do not have floodlights - they are hoping to install them within the next couple of years - and the highest that they could hope to be placed would be Division One.

Their playing record - they have won two Alliance titles and the Coventry Charity Cup on three occasions under Ginnelly - speaks for itself but they would have to make numerous improvements to their ground, including covered accommodation for 100 spectators.

Halfords, based at Studley BKL, will play in the Midland Combination next season after switching from the Stratford League.

STOCKINGFORD moved in to the last four of the Coventry Charity Cup with a 2-0 success at fellow Alliance Premier Coundon Court, Mark Lewis and Paul Wilson (penalty) scoring the goals. Stockingford will now face either Alliance Premier Dunlop or Alliance One Triumph Athletic - Dunlop progressed when goals by Lee Nixon and Steve Kelly gave them a 2-1 victory over Coventry, District and Warwickshire Newman Athletic (Steve Murphy).

The other semi-final sees Kenilworth Town or Alvis Oakwood - whose game was postponed on Saturday - face Coventry Marconi.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 13, 2001
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