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Worcester City closer to Aggborough ground-share
A GROUND-share for Worcester City at Kidderminster Harriers remains in the pipeline, according to the Aggborough club’s chairman.
City need somewhere to play matches from the start of next season because St George’s Lane is being demolished in June for housing.
Talks have been ongoing with the Blue Square Bet Premier outfit for some time and a deal has yet to be finalised but City need to secure a temporary home by March 31.
They are keen to get a contract signed in order to plan for life after the Lane and Aggborough is of the required standard for Blue Square Bet North and above.
Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground is another option but Worcester would have to spend money on improving facilities.
Harriers chairman Mark Serrell said: “I can confirm that negotiations with Worcester regarding a possible ground-share agreement are continuing and we hope to be in a position to make an announcement in the coming weeks.”
City vice-chairman Colin Layland said: “Over the last few months I have been in negotiations with other clubs trying to get an agreement for us to ground-share. It is important we find a ground that is capable of hosting football at a Conference level. As part of this, we must inform the league by March 31, 2013, where we will be playing.”
Planning permission for a new ground at Nunnery Way was granted by Worcester City Council but the process has been delayed because a bridle path needs to be moved before any work can start.
But City have publicly stated they cannot afford the move with developers St Modwen, who have a contract with the club until 2017.
Meanwhile, Carl Heeley’s team aim to make it five home wins in a row against mid-table Harrogate Town today (3pm).
City have so far beaten Bishop’s Stortford 2-0, Corby Town 5-1, Colwyn Bay 2-0 and Droylsden 2-1 in their best start to a season at the Lane since 1976.