BRUCE Scammell has revealed Hamworthy United chiefs voted unanimously against a ground share with Poole Town.

Dolphins had contacted their Sydenhams Wessex League rivals with a proposal to share the County Ground.

But Hammers chairman Scammell said his club’s management committee turned down the reigning champions’ request.

Scammell, whose side are riding high in fifth place in the Premier Division, said: “Chris Reeves, of Poole Town, approached us and I had a meeting with him to discuss what their proposals were.

“I then took their proposals back to our committee and the majority were quite happy with how we were doing.

“The committee were quite unanimous they didn’t want to consider any proposals to ground share, whether it’s with Poole Town or any other club.

“We sympathise with Poole’s position, but at the end of the day, we don’t think it would bring any benefit to our club to ground share.

“There were some interesting proposals that Chris put to us, but the club felt ground sharing was not on our agenda.

“There are also issues at Wessex League level about ground sharing, so it’s not a route we want to go down.”

Scammell confirmed Hammers only needed turnstiles installed at the County Ground to bring it up to Southern League standard.

He added: “Poole have the team right and perhaps not the ground, while we have the ground right and perhaps not the team.

“But we’ve got a good young manager in Simon Browne who is doing a great job.

“We also have a five-year development plan and included within that is promotion to the Southern League.

“I’m as ambitious as any chairman in the Wessex League, we have a great set-up and are going in the right direction. I wish Poole well for the future, but we are unable to help them.”

Dolphins, the title favourites, are desperate to find a venue to ground share because their current home, Tatnam, is not up to Southern League standard.

Poole have submitted a planning application for a new stadium at Canford Magna after a controversial bid to relocate to Branksome Rec was rejected by the council.

• Hammers and Christchurch both have unchanged squads for their league clash at the County Ground tonight (7.45pm).