September 25th, 2016

Smith: Bromsgrove ground share with Worcester a ‘win-win’ situation

Smith: Bromsgrove ground share with Worcester a ‘win-win’ situation Smith: Bromsgrove ground share with Worcester a ‘win-win’ situation
Bromsgrove Sporting manager Paul Smith. Picture: ANDRE ROBERTS
Updated: 11:45 am, Mar 02, 2016

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith says a ground share with Vanarama National League North side Worcester City would be a win-win situation for both clubs.

Worcester, who have been playing at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough since 2013, announced they will be leaving the stadium at the end of the season and have until March 31 to find somewhere new to play their trade.

Rumours have been rife for several weeks that Worcester could be on their way to the Victoria Ground, and with the recent news of the Blues leaving Aggborough, speculation of a ground share at Sporting has taken off.

And for Rouslers boss Paul Smith, the possibility of a ground share would be a good deal for both parties.

“It’s a win-win situation for both clubs,” he told the Standard.

“Obviously, the rent is going to be a whole lot cheaper here so it’s understandable as to why they would want to play at the Victoria Ground.

“We are just as local as Kidderminster and the pitch is in good shape.

“There’s also the fact that we will benefit financially too from the move so its a good idea all round.”

Jokingly, Smith added: “I will be going straight to the chairman for extra funds if a deal goes through so we can sign some new players for the new season.”

Sporting chairman Jon Prescott has come out and said nothing has been signed with Worcester but he welcomes the idea of having them playing their games at the Victoria Ground.

“Everything is up in the air at the moment, it’s Worcester’s decision,” he said.

“If they do decide to come here, it will be a tremendous boost for the club.

“Not only would our finances be boosted but so would the club’s profile.

“We would have a guaranteed first team game here every week too.”

Should a deal go through, Sporting’s pitch will be subject to a lot more use than normal but Prescott insisted this would not be a problem.

“If you look at how many games we have here, you can see the pitch copes really well,” he added.

“We have the under-18s, under-21s, the first team and also Sunday league games here so the pitch has done great.

“I want the club to move on to a higher level so we need the facilities to be able to do that and we have got things done early so they don’t get done at the last minute.

“That way, should Worcester come in, things are all sorted.”

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