Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter on June 21st 2018 about the Ladies team and their move to play home games at Dorchester Town.
CC: So, Dorchester then?
SA: Indeed, these are exciting times.
CC: How did this come about?
SA: Well as you've just said, clearly at short notice last year we had to cancel and move a number of games because of the state of the Huish Park pitch. Yeovil Town were not able, because of the state of their pitch, to fulfill the fixtures that we hoped they would. The FA have granted us this top tier licence, which we're absolutely thrilled with, but continuity of games, continuity for our fans, and for the broadcasters and for the development of the league is really important. So we're starting on a brand new 3G pitch at Dorchester. It's state of the art, being laid at the moment. I was over there earlier this week, and literally this is the start of a new journey for Dorchester. And of course 3G guarantees that you will play every game, despite the weather.
CC: It is a shame that you can't be at Huish Park. I won't dwell on it, but it is a shame.
SA: Yes, it is a shame. As you will have seen from our press release, we're still hoping that we'll be able to play some games there, but that does depend on their pitch being able to accommodate us. We will of course continue our discussions with the Board at Yeovil Town, to try to get some games there. But what we can't have is what we had last year, because it wasn't fair on our fans, to keep chopping and changing. Continuity is, as I've said, the key word here.
CC: It's continuity after quite a lot of change. New manager, new home ground, going full time professional. How ready are the players now?
SA: Well the great news is that as you say, Lee Burch started work two weeks ago. He's already had a number of discussions with players, within our current squad that he wants to keep. He's already in discussion with new players. We're very excited about that, as there's a lot of movement going on in the professional game. We know that we're going to be more competitive next year, and it really is exciting times both on and off the field.
CC: What's the word to your fans now? You've got this new home. It is Dorchester. What do you say to them this morning?
SA: Well first of all, I thank our fans for putting up with a difficult season last year. They are the lifeblood of this club. We value them greatly. Dorchester is 25 minutes from Yeovil. I guarantee that when you go and see it, you'll be very impressed. We're at the moment just finalising a fans event, which will be early August, when Dorchester are opening their doors free of charge, so that the fans can come and have a look round, see the facilities, meet the manager, meet the players. We will now be able to take the Yeovil message across the border into Dorset, and that's good. It's all about developing football in the South West for the girls, and we continue with this quest to be the premier South West professional women's team.
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