GODMANCHESTER Rovers have submitted plans to build a new stand at their Bearscroft Lane ground. The new seated structure will accommodate 50 people, with provision for two wheelchair spaces, and will comply with Football League regulations. The two team d

GODMANCHESTER Rovers have submitted plans to build a new stand at their Bearscroft Lane ground.

The new seated structure will accommodate 50 people, with provision for two wheelchair spaces, and will comply with Football League regulations. The two team dugouts at the ground will also be repositioned.

The re-development will cost around £15,000, and is being funded by a 50 percent grant from the Football Foundation, with a further £5,000 being contributed by Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN). A donation of £1,000 has also been secured from the Godmanchester Community Association.

Godmanchester chairman Keith Gabb said the new development, which replaces the 100-capacity covered area at the ground, was essential for the club to continue in the Eastern Counties First Division.

"If we don't have this done by the end of next season, we'll probably be moved out of the division, so it's something we have to do," he said.

"We've been lucky in that we have found the money to make these changes. We've spent a lot of money on the pitch over the past year or two, and now we need to make changes to the stand. I think a lot of other teams may struggle to fund their improvements, because sponsorship is more difficult to come by now," he added.

If approval is granted, it is hoped the stand could be erected in a matter of weeks.

"We're hoping that it might be ready for the start of next season, if we can get the plans approved quickly," said Gabb. The structure will be pre-fabricated and bolted onto foundations which will be dug by club members and volunteers over the summer.