The Virginia Water chairman, James King, last night vowed to do anything necessary to help the club’s push for promotion.
The Combined Counties League regulations state that in order to be promoted from the Surrey Elite Intermediate League you have to meet certain stadia requirements, including floodlights for night matches. This means that you do not have to finish in the top four to be promoted – in fact, you could finish in the bottom half and still go up due to the teams above lack of facilities.
The Timbers, Virginia Water’s home ground, has eight acres of land including a car park, first team pitch, reserves pitch, football courts and a club house with Sky TV. King confirmed that plans are already underway for next season and the club are in talks with several sponsors to get the ground in top shape by August.
Speaking during a youth football event at the ground, King said: “Obviously I want to make the Timbers a quality facility so we can carry on with charity days and events like this, on top of the winning matches.
“Things haven’t gone our way this season with several decisions going against us, but I believe we’re good enough and deserve to win this league.”
The club currently sit in sixth position after having points deducted and being dumped out of the cup, despite reaching the semis, for fielding winger Paul Burrows while he was banned.
“If there is a chance of promotion, I will make sure the ground meets the Combined Counties regulations and I’d like to thank the players and coaches who have helped with everything so far,” said King.
Virginia Water carry on their promotion challenge at home to Tooting Bec on Saturday.