The West Midlands Regional League
Published 9th February 2012
....resignation to the governing body.
The club had to withdraw their first team from the division by the end of last year of face a £1,000 fine if they chose to do it after, for next season.
The West Bromwich-based outfit will honour their fixtures for the rest of the campaign, regardless, and then decide on a course of action.
But they still have until June, when the league hold their annual general meeting, to withdraw their resignation and stay in the division.
They play at the Sports Academy in Tipton and attract gates of around forty with a 102 attendance their season-best so far, for the visit of Gornal Athletic.
After losing their sponsors, Evans Halshaw Ford of Walsall, Bustlehome went out of the FA Cup and the FA Vase in the first round this season.
That has led to cash problems which they hope can be solved by a fresh call for sponsorship, after their first plea didn’t get the desired response.
And chairman Geoff Benbow admitted they had to protect the club as a whole rather than the men’s team, which has been in operation since 1990.
He said: “It has given us six months to restructure the club and, hopefully, give us the chance to attract some new sponsorship.
“We will finish the season off - resigning was our way of safeguarding ourselves in case we can’t continue next season.
“We are desperately hoping that won’t happen but we can’t afford to sacrifice twelve junior teams for the sake of the first-team.
“We were initially a boys club but they need something to play for, something to progress to, or they have nowhere to go.”
Even if the Bustleholme men’s team were to fold in the summer, they could re-apply to join the West Midlands League.
They would have to work their way up from Division Two back up to the Premier League, where they have played since 1996.
But the Bs, who started life as a boys club in 1975, are pressing on with plans to revive their youth team.
He said: “The idea is to resurrect the youth team to play in the Midlands Floodlit League, as we do have an under-21 side.
“That would be a good standard of football for them and there’s specific fundraising we have planned to make that happen.
“In eighteen months` time, whatever happens to the first-team, we hope that will happen anyway.”