WORCESTER Raiders are “ready to rock and roll” after being given the green light by ground grading chiefs to play at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex.

The long-awaited approval means Raiders will be able to host Smethwick Rangers in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division on Saturday (3pm).

It will be Karl Gormley’s side’s first home match of the season due to delayed redevelopment work at Claines Lane by landlords Worcestershire FA.

Stephen Harris, a committee member and volunteer at Raiders, said it was a “massive relief” to be given the go-ahead to play in Worcester after a lengthy grading process.

“We have extended the pitch by a couple of metres, put a turnstile in and got the signage that we needed,” Harris said.

“They just wanted to check things over and make sure everything is as it should be. They are happy with everything.

“The pitch looks in really good condition so they have signed it off and we are ready to rock and roll on Saturday.

“This is a massive relief for us.

“Ground grading takes a bit of time so we had to make a few alteration.”

Asked how long Raiders were looking to play at their temporary home for, Harris added: “It could be short-term.

“Fingers crossed we will have all the temporary accommodation at Claines Lane in a couple of weeks.

“If not, we can still play here.

“This is brilliant news.”