Saturday, February 13, 2010
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Saints consider Chester ground-share option

THE New Saints have applied to ground share with Blue Square Premier strugglers Chester City next season as an another option in their bid for Super 12 status.

The move comes after the Saints were refused grant aid for further development of Park Hall stadium by Welsh Grounds Improvement last month.
TNS had applied for funding towards the cost of a 1,000-seater stand and other upgrading work, and managing director Mike Harris yesterday confirmed the application to share the Deva Stadium.
The matter will be considered by the FAW, with Harris looking to ensure the club meets the new licence criteria to play in next season's slimmed-down Welsh Premier.
"We are exploring all options at the moment, of which ground-sharing with Chester is one," Harris said.
The move follows Harris's disappointment and frustration at being refused grant aid that would enable Park Hall to meet the new criteria and he described the FAW's move to deny TNS help towards upgrading the ground as "short-sighted".
Although Chester is the county town on Cheshire in England, the stadium lies within the Welsh boundary.
Photo: Chester's Deva Stadium.

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