Yeovil Town Ladies have announced that their designated ground for the 2018-19 season will be The Avenue Stadium, home of Dorchester Town. The FAWSL rules require clubs to declare their default venue for fixtures, and so they have opted to move down the A37 to play in Dorset for the majority of their fixtures. This will see the Ladies play on an artificial surface, with the Magpies having made the decision to lay a 3G pitch this summer, which is currently being installed.
The Ladies have said that they "hope to return to their former home ground Huish Park to play some league and cup games" although with the 2018-19 fixtures for the FAWSL1 season yet to be announced, any commitment to that will have to wait for the time being. Chairman Steve Allinson gave his views on the decision to move grounds:
"We are thrilled to formerly announce our plans for the forthcoming season and are delighted that both Dorchester Town FC and Huish Park are committed to driving forward women's football in the South West. Whilst we are of course continuing with discussions to play some games at Huish Park, we also see the benefit of spreading the message across the county and beyond, and are very much targeting Dorchester as a potential area to grow both our fan base and commercial links."
The 2018-19 FAWSL1 season begins on August 18th, with fixtures due to be announced during mid-July. The Ladies are beginning their transition to a full time side over the summer, as part of new licencing criteria set by the FA. General Manager Trevor Jenkins gave his views on the new arrangements:
"Dorchester Town FC is an approved FA ground meeting and exceeding the relevant criteria for hosting such games and will provide an excellent environment for our fans. We are extremely conscious of the late cancellations and ground changes from last season and the difficultly this caused our fans, supporters and sponsors, however our partnership with Dorchester Town FC will allow us to both promote and fulfill our league fixtures with confidence and reliability, which of course is crucial."
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