Accrington chief executive Rob Heys is confident the club can meet their debt to the Inland Revenue despite being given less time to raise the money.

The cash-strapped League Two club were told by a High Court judge on Wednesday that they must pay £308,000 in the next eight months to avoid a winding-up order.

Stanley had been informed in May that they had a year to pay off the debt, but Heys believes the Lancashire club could benefit from having a shorter deadline to meet.

He said: "We now openly appeal to all who support the club, all who name us as their second team, all who simply look for our result or indeed anyone who simply has a genuine interest in football and would like to see one of the sport's most famous names continue to progress, to get behind Accrington Stanley and help us to resolve this issue once and for all.

"Far from being a story of doom and gloom, I firmly believe the shorter deadline that we are now working towards will ultimately prove beneficial to the club.

"Rather than hanging over us for the entire 12 months, a successful fundraising campaign will satisfy the revenue in a much shorter period and enable us to use the £18,000 that we set aside in our budgets to meet the regular monthly payment, together with several larger lump-sum payments, to instead continue to strengthen our squad and to develop our ground."

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