Cornard United manager chosen for Blackhouse Lane lease

LEASE SECURED: Cornard United are set to stay at Blackhouse Lane
LEASE SECURED: Cornard United are set to stay at Blackhouse Lane

Mark Hoskin is celebrating the news he has been awarded the long-term lease at Cornard’s current parish council-owned ground, subject to negotiations.

The Thurlow Nunn League First Division side were locked out of a game against Team Bury last year after a disagreement over a new lease with then owner Chris Symes came to a head.

Great Cornard Parish Council offered out the lease to outside parties and invited candidates to give a presentation on their vision for it for community benefit.

It was announced following private discussions at their monthly meeting on Monday night that Hoskin had been awarded the lease, to keep Cornard United as tenants at the ground.

Council clerk Michael Fitt said: “The council voted unanimously to offer a lease to Mark Hoskin, obviously subject to negotiation with terms and adequate references.

“We asked for bids for the lease looking for someone with community vision for football in Cornard and to make it a valuable part of the community and Mark and his brother certainly had that vision.”

Hoskin, who has led the Ards to their first finish off the bottom of the league since 2009/10 after Saturday’s victory, said he was ‘over the moon’ to be awarded the lease.

* For more reaction from Hoskin, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press print edition.