Boro's promotion hopes hit as Chester kicked out of Conference

STEVENAGE Borough s hopes of taking a step into the Football League were dealt a major blow today when Chester City were kicked out of the Football Conference. It could mean Boro being deducted the six points from the two victories over Chester, but neare

STEVENAGE Borough's hopes of taking a step into the Football League were dealt a major blow today when Chester City were kicked out of the Football Conference.

It could mean Boro being deducted the six points from the two victories over Chester, but nearest rivals Oxford will only lose three points, Luton two points, York three points and Rushden and Diamonds three points.

The decision to expel Chester City from the Football Conference with immediate effect followed a meeting with the member clubs.

The Conference received over 75 per cent of the votes required to take action against City after the club had admitted to breaching five Conference rules.

The club will now not be able to fulfil any remaining fixtures, beginning with Saturday's clash against Oxford.

City, who did not attend the meeting, face a winding-up order on March 10.

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A statement on the Conference website read: "Member clubs of the Football Conference voted in support of the board of directors' recommendation to erase Chester City (2004) FC Ltd from membership in accordance with Article 5.2.