PETERSFIELD Town are planning a summer of renovations at their Love Lane home to ensure it maintains its current ground grading level.
Although a step back into Wessex League football looks likely for the Rams next season, they are keen to ensure the facilities remain at a step four standard so the club is able to step back up if they win a reprieve or achieve promotion again in the future.
An investment approaching £50,000 was needed to get the stadium up to scratch when Petersfield unexpectedly won the Wessex Premier Division title in 2015.
Petersfield chairman Graeme Moir says the club are drawing up a schedule of works for the summer months to ensure what was carried out two years ago is maintained and so that further improvements can be made to the facilities.
Moir said: “Our focus for most of this season has been on the football side of the club, to try and stabilise situations as they have happened and to try and turn the season around.
“That means we have had less time to spend on maintenance of the grounds and the pitch and we are now aiming to turn our full attentions to the ground.
“The pitch and surrounding barrier will undergo much needed repairs and we will also look to spruce up the stands, with repairs and redecoration carried out where it is needed.
“We are also looking to carry out a lot of work inside the clubhouse – the main hall area and dressing rooms need attention after the boardroom and bar were renovated last summer.
“We have other plans as well to improve the facilities and are working on some grants which will allow us to carry out some more major works – like the replacement of our floodlight poles and the perimeter fence around the stadium.
“All of this will allow us to ensure the stadium remains at a level capable of hosting step four football so if the opportunity to play at that level presents itself again to us, the facilities will be ready to go for this.”
Tomorrow’s visitors to Love Lane are Potters Bar Town. The north London club are sitting comfortably in the top half of the division but look too far behind the top five teams to be play-off contenders.
The two clubs last met on August Bank Holiday weekend and the Londoners ran out 3-1 winners.