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No more Monday night football if City go to Aggborough
9:40am Saturday 26th January 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
MONDAY night football could be a thing of the past for Worcester City when the groundshare agreement with Kidderminster Harriers is finally signed.
Talks between the clubs have been ongoing for several months but are now at an advanced stage and a conclusion is not far away.
The deal, which was raised at Harriers’ annual general meeting this week, would see City, who move out of St George’s Lane in June, sharing Aggborough for a minimum of one season with an option for a second.
There is also the likelihood Worcester would have to move their midweek match night from a Monday to a Tuesday from the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Monday games at the Lane have long been a tradition for City and the Blue Square Bet North club are one of the few teams in the country who play on that night.
However, the Aggborough club would want the pitch free for more than two days after a Saturday game.
Harriers will continue to play on Tuesday nights and would take priority in the event of a fixture clash.
Kidderminster also want the deal to provide enough money to employ an additional full-time groundsman as well as funds to maintain the pitch and repair equipment.
Worcester vice-chairman Colin Layland accepts losing Monday night football is a small price to pay for the club to have somewhere to play.
“We would prefer to play on Mondays but we can live with Tuesdays,” he said.
City have two Monday night games left at the Lane, the rearranged game against Gainsborough Trinity on February 4 and the visit of Solihull Moors seven days later.
City are working hard to ensure today’s match against Histon (3pm) beats the elements following the recent freezing conditions. There is a pitch inspection at 9.30am.