Geoff Chapple has confirmed there have been no talks between Woking and Combined Counties League side Sheerwater about a potential groundshare in the 2018-19 season – but the Cards director isn’t ruling it out.
Sheerwater are looking for a new home after plans to regenerate the suburb means the loss of their current home at Sheerwater Recreation Ground off Blackmore Crescent. In the long term it is expected they will be found a new home in the Sheerwater area, but in the short term that would leave the Step 6 side, as well as their reserves and youth teams, and without a home.
And while Chapple insisted that no talks had yet taken place over a possible groundshare at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, the Cards legend admitted he was aware of Sheerwater’s plight and added that if Woking could help they would do their best. However, Chapple did admit that Woking’s well-kept pitch, one of the best in non-league football, could suffer as a consequence of any groundshare – as it did when Hayes & Yeading were tenants.
“I’m aware that Sheerwater need to go somewhere but whether that is here or elsewhere is up in the air at the minute,” he said. “It’s a possibility but they haven’t approached us.
“That isn’t to say it couldn’t happen though.”
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