FOREST GREEN could face a winding up order tomorrow after chairman Trevor Horsley revealed the club are in “dire straits.”

The Inland Revenue are demanding £42,000 in unpaid debt and Horsley has made a plea to the community for financial help.

Speaking before Forest Green’s 2-0 win at Kettering yesterday, he said: "We've had two of these orders in the past three months but have managed to fight them off.

"We need to find £200,000 to £300,000. We need about £100,000 immediately for the Revenue and wages and the other £200,000 by the middle of the summer for the other creditors.

"We are in dire straits - we've had one or two hiccups over the last couple of years and things have come to a head now.

"We're struggling to meet the debts we've incurred on the new stadium and we need to put an appeal out to the local community.

Second half goals from Tomi Ameobi and new loan signing Lee Morris gave Rovers a crucial win over promotion-chasing Kettering yesterday after Conal Platt missed a penalty in the first half but they are still four points adrift of safety in the Blue Square Premier.

If Rovers went into administration they would be deducted ten points and their fate would be virtually sealed but Horsley is hoping to avoid that situation He said: "The problem with administration is that we've got four key directors who've put in loans of over £80,000 and I don't think it's fair on them. It's always a possibility but it's not the shareholders' wishes.

"The best option for me is to sell the club to a majority shareholder."