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PRESTATYN Town have ensured survival after raising £53,000 in a month to settle a tax bill with HMRC.

The Seasiders face a winding-up petition in the High Court today but chairman Chris Tipping told a supporters' meeting last night: "The money's in the bank now as we speak, the transfer has been arranged for tomorrow morning to HMRC from ourselves today.

"The club is saved and I'll sleep tonight! I don't think anybody expected us to do it.

"I've already been quoted, sat here four weeks ago saying 'we'll do it, we'll do it, we'll do it' but I don't think in anybody's hearts of hearts we genuinely thought we could do it.

"To be honest, without the generosity of a couple of fans which have chipped in with substantial amounts of money we possibly wouldn't have, but that's the point we're trying to make - that the fans are there when you need them.

"Not only that, the players have been absolutely brilliant. The players again have donated again a substantial amount of money, which tells you what this club's about."

Prestatyn raised the cash in a variety of ways, from an EBay auction which included signed gloves from ex-boxer Barry McGuigan to a sponsored walk.

The club is now focused on a return to the Welsh Premier League and currently leads the Huws Gray Alliance with an unbeaten record after 13 games.

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18 October 2017

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