TWO United defenders have been approached by a UniBond League Premier Division club, giving added urgency to re-establishing Winsford as a semi-professional club.
Dave Chambers and Stuart Wellstead could quit the Barton Stadium this summer, but manager Dave Twite believes they and others will stay if he is given a realistic budget by the board.
And for the club to OK regular player expenses, United need more backing from fans and helpers.
Wednesday's meeting was attended by players, officials and a scattering of fans. A bigger turnout is hoped for at the next meeting on May 12 (7.30pm). Twite said: 'I would like to see more supporters there. They have been with us all season and we need their input.
'The next step is crucial. The players achieved what we set out to do and I want them to stay. I want to compete for promotion but, already, our players are being approached by other clubs.
'They kept their part of the deal and played for nothing. They did as much as anyone to keep Winsford United going.
'To a man, the team wants to stay together. There is a tremendous spirit and they all know they can win things.
'We proved our potential when we were just eight minutes from beating Northwich Vics - that was a fantastic performance and the highlight of the season.
'I know others are interesting UniBond clubs, but they will stay - if we can come up with some inducement. My idea is a low basic with good incentives.
'I think they will be loyal, they all say they want to go up together,' said Twite. Officials have plans to bring in extra sponsorship, but Twite needs a regular reliable weekly budget if he is not only to reward his current squad but compete for players this summer.
United have finished eighth and going up via extended promotion places is no longer a hope.
Supporters can contribute to next season's success on Friday when Joey Jones is the guest speaker at a sportsman's dinner at the social club. He will also make the player-of-the-year presentations. Tickets are available from the club, Twite (0797 713 3086), chairman Mark Loveless (0797 468 1612) or secretary Bob Astles (01270 661623).