HAMWORTHY United chairman Steve Mitchener has appealed for local companies to step forward and become the club’s front of shirt sponsors for the rest of the 2023-24 campaign.

Hammers are currently without sponsorship on the front of their shirts, following a fruitless search.

Manager Dan Cann’s playing budget has been reduced as the club currently pay to play at Weymouth’s Bob Lucas Stadium, as they await the construction of a new stand at their County Ground home.

In a bid to find prospective sponsors, chairman Mitchener posted a plea on the club’s website.

The statement read: “Corporate sponsorship is a key element of Premier League football that we see plastered all over the player’s shirts, tracksuits, and even all the advertising around the grounds, which adds to the financial success and security to top football clubs.

“Many people might be surprised to learn that it is probably more essential for survival at the lower levels too, and lack of financial support or sponsorship even within the Southern League is going to put that club in jeopardy.

“Hamworthy United is one of those clubs, as it recently started its second season in the Southern League Division One South.

“The club was unable to secure a first team home or away front of shirt sponsor, which was particularly disappointing.

“It wasn’t through lack of trying, and I know for certain, that the asking price wasn’t unreasonable, especially for the geographical cover (sic) that such commercial promotion would reach.

“Despite two new unique kits provided by MJM Sports, they both remain blank on the front. So why is Hamworthy United so disregarded?”

Mitchener then went on to detail Hammers’ recent success, including promotion to the Southern League via winning the Wessex Premier League, as well as their play-off finish last season and their run to the semi-finals of the FA Vase the year prior.

He continued: “All this (success) in the last five years, and probably the most successful team in Dorset through that period.

 “The Southern League brings huge financial challenges in terms of travelling and player costs, and this season we have the added financial burden per match of having to play, and pay, at Weymouth until our new stand is built.

“If the financial future of Hamworthy United is not further supported, and quickly by local or national businesses, our ability to be able to compete at this level of football, will be curtailed, and all the recent achievements would have been in vain.

“So if you think you could, or want to help, and have your company logo on show around the whole of the south of the country, please get in touch.”

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Mitchener via email, stevemitchener@ntlworld.com, or mobile: 07900 241283.