By Sam Elliott
TROUBLED Worthing have confirmed they will temporarily play at Bognor Regis Town with the club still trying to repair their problematic 3G pitch.
The Bostik Premier Rebels were thrown into chaos days before the start of the next season as their recently-laid surface failed three FIFA inspections.
The 3G pitch was put down four years ago by owner George Dowell, 24, with compensation he earned from a car crash suffered as a teenager.
Flooding over the past few years resulted in the pitch becoming uneven and they cannot play on it again until costly repairs are done or until they relay the plastic.
Not allowed to use Woodside Road, Worthing have been forced to play all their first five matches away from home so far – and they have lost every game with them sitting bottom of the table.
They have taken the measure of agreeing a deal with Bognor Regis Town and they will play Margate there next weekend and look set to stay for however long it takes to get to the bottom of their pitch problem.
Worthing managing director Calvin Buckland said: “I fully appreciate the fans’ frustration at the perceived lack of information from the club regarding the venue for upcoming home fixtures, however it isn’t a case of keeping information from anyone, it is purely down to a lack of anything concrete from those now in control of the situation.
“During all of this the best case scenario for the club has always been for temporary work to be carried out on the pitch allowing us to return to Woodside Road for the remainder of the season.
“This still may be the case however yesterday we received confirmation that it wouldn’t happen in time for our fixture with Margate.
“We should receive further clarification next week and be able to provide an update for future home fixtures then”.
But there is some better news for fans – free coaches are being laid on to ensure they get to see the team in action in their temporary home.
Chairman Dowell said: “Everyone at the club realises playing away from Woodside Road isn’t ideal but with the offer of free travel we hope that as many supporters as possible can make it to Bognor to support the team.”