Newquay AFC have begun preparations for the return of football by announcing a high-profile friendly at home to Nuneaton Borough, writes Tom Howe.
Boro, who ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Central, will visit Mount Wise on Saturday, August 1 with a large number of supporters expected in tow.
The Peppermints’ first-team saw their best season in a generation ended abruptly, when the Football Association put a stop to all leagues at steps three to seven due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Whilst Newquay, sixth in South West Peninsula Premier West, were left to rue what might have been, Nuneaton, managed and chaired by Jimmy Ginnelly, saw their own campaign brought to an end when sitting just three points from the play-offs, with promotion to National League North a strong possibility.
Peppermints’ secretary, Steve Rich, told the Voice: “Newquay Football Club are excited at the prospect of welcoming Nuneaton Borough to Mount Wise for a preseason friendly on August 1.
“We all hope that this will give supporters, players and officials from both teams something to look forward to during this very trying period of the coronavirus lockdown. The present situation has no doubt affected everyone whether that be financially or on a more personal level.
“Newquay also wish to praise the work being done by the NHS and all key workers during this pandemic. This fixture with Nuneaton Borough, who bring a large away supporter base, will be a great boost to Newquay to begin again after a season cut short and a number of financial problems which were added to by the storms at the beginning of the year.
“I would like to ask the people of Newquay to come and show your support for the club on August 1 and give a warm Cornish welcome to Nuneaton Borough.”
The current incarnation of Nuneaton began in March 2008 with a takeover from the board that had run the club since 1991, inheriting excessive debts despite the sale of their Manor Park ground.
The club reverted to its former name of Nuneaton Town and were demoted two divisions from Conference North to Southern League Division One. Between then, and a return of the Borough moniker for 2018-19, they won back to back promotions to return to Conference North. A three-year spell in the Conference Premier followed, before a step back down to the newly renamed National League North, from which they were relegated last summer.
Meanwhile, the Peppermints will announce further details in due course, as well as a number of other matches and events for when the current lockdown is lifted.

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