Oct 26 2012 By Matt Lewis
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BUILDING work at Hayes & Yeading’s new ground is behind schedule and the club may not move into the Beaconsfield Road venue until next season.
Poor weather and a number of legal intricacies have been cited as the problems behind the delay to the move that was originally earmarked for this month.
United Chairman Derek Goodall used Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Boreham Wood to give fans an update on the situation in his programme notes.
He wrote: “The aim is and always has been to get back to Hayes as soon as we can and to be hosting games on our new playing surface, within our new stadium before the season is out. Will that be before the turn of this year? It is now looking unlikely.
“As well as finishing points to the stand and the internals for the main building, there is the question of ground grading and safety certification. Given recent tightening of regulations and the time of year into which we are heading, the time-scales for the same are likely to be longer than first envisaged.
“Certification notice then needs to be given to the league and accepted for a change of home venue mid-season. A question needing consideration is whether a move in the early months of 2013 is an effective option for the club.”
United’s groundshare with Woking was extended in the summer to allow them to play all of this season’s fixtures at Kingfield if necessary.
Sources within the club have indicated to that they are happy with the playing surface at their current home after problems during 2011-12.
Meanwhile, United were unhappy with the officiating in their cup exit on Sunday and have confirmed the club is making representations to the FA in respect of matters arising from the match.