Axminster Town move ever closer to playing at their new home

PUBLISHED: 11:55 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:55 30 December 2014

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Axminster Town hope to be finally playing at their new home of Tiger Way within five weeks of the New Year.

The past year has been one of what has seemed like setback after setback for Town chairman Ray Self, but he can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

He explained saying: “The final issues all look set to be resolved by early February. The sewerage works are starting on January 5 with a completion date of the month’s end, but I am reliably informed they will be finished before then. That would leave one or two matters being dealt with by Devonshire Homes and then we can get down to the business of using the magnificent facilities that are at Tiger Way.

“It’s been tough for everyone connected with the club as we really had hoped to be in our new home by now.

I think what has compounded the pain has been the fact that, for some time now; both the two senior pitches at Tiger Way have been ready for action. The biggest stumbling block has been the sewerage work and so, to have a date for that to be done makes it now tantalisingly close.”

The floodlights are in place and have been tested and the goal posts will go up in mid-January all ready for the first action which it is hoped will come in the first couple of weeks of February.

With delays in the handover and getting the green light to play at the new ground it has meant the club needing to go cap in hand to various other venues. In recent times they have played at Colyton School, Acland Park (home of Feniton FC) and, most recently, the post Christmas game was played at the Greenway Lane home of Budleigh Salterton.

Self says: “I am so grateful to the clubs, and Colyton School, for their support. Each time we have gone cap in hand to clubs they have been quick to offer help.

“Of course the train on everyone at the club has been huge as we have seen ‘dates for completion’ pass. However, as hard as it has been the one over riding thing to come out of this has been that it’s so evident we have a very special group of people now working for the club. Not one of the good folk involved has ever let their resolve slip. Together we are as one and that’s a big plus for me. I am also so grateful to Devonshire Homes for what I see as top class workmanship on the infrastructure of our new home. I sense that the turn of the New Year is going to see the start of an exciting new chapter for our club and I mean that with regard to matters on and off the pitch.”

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