HAMWORTHY United are in talks to share Dorchester Town’s Avenue Stadium for the start of the 2023/24 season.

Discussions come amid the building of a new stand at Hamworthy’s County Ground.

The Hammers currently fall short of ground grading requirements due to having no stand.

It means their Southern League Division One South play-off match against Evesham has been switched to the Avenue on Wednesday.

And Hamworthy are exploring extending their agreement with Dorchester until a new stand is assembled.

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In a club statement, Hamworthy said: “Owing to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to stage the Southern League Division One South playoff semi-final at 'home' on the 26th April, owing to having no stand, and therefore failing to comply with the FA Ground Grading regulations.

“Provisions have been made to stage the game at the home ground of Dorchester Town, a club from the Southern League Premier Division.

“Despite the club having agreed a joint application for the building of a new stand with the Dorset FA, which is hoped to be completed by the start of the new season, it has not been a sound logistical or financial option to introduce a temporary stand at such short notice.

“To that end, Hamworthy United are currently in negotiations to arrange a ground share option at Dorchester Town Football Club for the start of next season, in the event that the new stand isn't finished in time, as per the FA Ground Grading requirements.”

After earning promotion as Wessex League champions, Hamworthy finished third in their new division this season, 14 points behind champions AFC Totton.