AFC Aldermaston have secured a groundshare agreement with Thatcham Town.

The Hellenic League Division One East club will play their home matches at Thatcham’s Stac A Truc stadium next season.

Aldermaston chairman Martin Desay said: “It is really sad to have to leave the Rec Soc, which has been our home since 1952 when the club was originally formed by the early pioneer workers of what was then AWRE. The club has invested significant effort, finance and resource to improve the ground, including providing floodlights, barriers and changing facilities.

“When a senior club has to leave its home ground, that will naturally have an impact on the local community, its supporters, players and volunteers. We will have to work really hard to manage this transition to Thatcham Town to make it work for us.

“We are, however, really excited about the prospect of sharing Thatcham Town’s ground and excellent modern facilities and great staff. Dave Melin, Thatcham Town chairman, and I have been working together for a few months now to make this happen, and we are looking forward to working ever closely across both clubs to our mutual benefit as we move forward.”

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