KILBIRNIE Ladeside may not be able to see out this season, according to a ‘worst case’ scenario presented to supporters.

While the outlook may be bright on the pitch – with the Blasties moving three points clear at the top of the First Division on Tuesday night thanks to a 3-2 win away to previous table-toppers Drumchapel United – fans have been warned that cash flow concerns have left the club in a dire situation.

A meeting last week heard that players have agreed to accept half pay for four weeks to ease the situation, but that Ladeside need £27,000 to see this season out.

Fan disorder saw the club hit by fines and lost revenue to the tune of £7,000 by the end of September.

One particular incident led to the club’s main sponsor, who had been associated with Ladeside for more than 20 years, withdrawing its backing.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Shotts Bon Accord, a spokesperson for the club’s committee said: “Our obligation to pay players/training/HMRC were set out to all those in attendance.

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“The ways of meeting these financial obligations are limited in numbers with only six [now five] remaining home games.

“The committee have worked hard in recent weeks trying to bridge this gap.

“The fact Saturday [February 18] sees our first home game in 12 weeks is testimony to the challenges we have had. The fact we have managed to pay the players during this lengthy period has been a feat in itself.

“To the players’ credit they are now taking half wages for a four-week period to overcome the cash flow problem.”

Moves to bridge the financial gap have already begun, with several advertising boards sold and erected and a donation of £1,000 received from an anonymous supporter.

A GoFundMe online fund-raiser has also been set up in a bid to raise £5,000 for the club, and donations can be added here.

The committee spokesperson added: “We are all aware of pressure on families in this cost of living crisis. We appreciate support whatever the extent.”