Town end groundshare scheme with Worksop

THE groundshare agreement between Hucknall Town and Worksop Town has been ended by The Yellows.

Unibond League, Premier Division side Worksop have been told they will need to find a new home after spending last season at Watnall Road.

The groundshare was announced by Hucknall last June. The Tigers had been locked out of their Sandy Lane base by the leaseholder, 1861 Leisure, a company owned by their former chairman, Howard Raymond. Instead Raymond decided to offer their ground only to local Sunday sides.

The deal brought in extra revenue for Hucknall but not as much as they had hoped and it also led to extra wear and tear on the pitch.

Also, given that both teams will be in the same division next season, The Yellows felt it wouldn't be wise to carry on sharing.

Treasurer Peter Chapman said: "Ending the groundshare came down to a number of factors. The pitch became a real mess, training could be affected and the club were not really profiting.

"Worksop did not attract big crowds and most who did make the journey were only arriving in time for kick-off, so they didn't use the bar.

"The bar takings did not go up like we expected. And very few Hucknall people actually came along to watch Worksop play.

"Overall, we thought it was the best decision to end the agreement."

Worksop say they hope to find another club to share a ground with.

FORMER Hucknall manager Andy Legg (43) has been appointed the new boss of Llanelli in the Welsh Premier League.

Ex-Wales and Notts County defender Legg sprent eight months in charge at Watnall Road but resigned after a poor start to the 2007/08 season.