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Droitwich Spa chairman hails Bromyard ground share deal

From The Hereford Times - click here....!

Droitwich Spa have given their hopes of winning promotion from the Midlands Division Two a big boost after agreeing a groundshare deal with Bromyard for next season.

Spa will play at the Delahay Stadium, pictured, in the 2016-17 season, if they earn a place in Division One. Currently flying high in second place, two teams will go up at the end of the campaign.

The deal is for one season, but can be extended for another year if needed, while improvements are made to their George V Fields base.

The work to improve the ground is part of a deal involving the new homes being developed in the town.

Spa's move signifies the club's best-ever season as they transformed from perennial relegation-battlers to title-challengers.

They are also in the finals of the Worcestershire FA Junior Saturday and President's Cup.

"The deadline for ground grading was March 31 and we knew it was important to have a deal in place in case we were promoted to Division One," said chairman Pete Lemon.

"We'd like to thank Bromyard for their help and understanding what the club needed.

"This has been a brilliant season; Wayne Oliver and Mark Owen joined the club with a desire to increase the organisation and professionalism and they have done a great job.

"But everyone has worked incredibly hard to make this season the best in the club's history, from the committee to everyone who gives their time.

"The players also deserve credit, we've got a great mixture of young and experienced players."

Droitwich have also applied to play in the FA Vase for the first time ever, which is dependent on how high they finish in the league.

Meanwhile, a brace for James Lemon and one goal for Max Crisp saw Spa win 3-1 at table-topping Chelsmley Town and book their place in the final of the President's Cup.

They will take on Alvis Sporting with date and venue yet to be decided.

Victory also put down a marker for a hectic end to the season as they continue their championship push.

Droitwich are just one point behind Chelmsley, but have played two more games than the leaders.

Third-placed Rostance Edwards are still in the hunt, while Alvis Sporting have games in hand on the top three, but look set to play three games a week until the end of a campaign.

Oliver said: "All we can do is just keep winning games and see what happens."

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