DELIGHTED vice-chairman Chris Reeves has “every confidence” that Poole Town will pass Thursday’s ground inspection following the completion of work requested by grading chiefs.
The Football Association (FA) will run the rule over the new-look Tatnam Road site to decide whether it meets the C grade required for Dolphins to compete in this season’s play-offs and remain in the Southern League Premier Division next season.
Reeves revealed that work on the new stand, extra toilets, an additional turnstile, provision for 100 extra seats and permanent hard standing down the school side of the ground had been finished.
The new clubhouse and boardroom has been opened with extensions made to the visitors’ and referee’s changing rooms within an existing building.
Reeves told the Daily Echo: “It has all been done and we have emailed the ground grading team to tell then we have pulled it off. It is such a relief and we are so looking forward to showing them round.
“The place has been transformed and we have been absolutely blown away by what we have been able to do. With the inspection being on Thursday, we also have the opportunity to do bits of cosmetic work to really show off the ground at its very best.
“It has been such a frenetic exercise making sure all the boxes got ticked. It has been a massive ask and we have barely had time to catch our breath.”
Should Poole win promotion to the Conference South this season, they would need to achieve the B grade by March 31 2015.
Following Saturday’s shock defeat to struggling Bedford, Dolphins will look to get back on track their quest for the top five with a home match against Banbury United tomorrow (7.45pm).
Manager Tom Killick has fitness concerns over Cherries loanee Jon Muleba and midfielder Carl Pettefer.
Elsewhere, Bashley face a bottom-two clash with Bedford, while Hamworthy United travel to AFC Portchester in the Wessex League Premier Division.