Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews has his fingers crossed that the club’s floodlight fund will be given a boost by the town council.
The Old Gold and Blacks are two points clear at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, and remain 12 points clear of fourth place Woodbridge Town following Saturday’s 0-0 draw between the two sides at Greens Meadow.
Andrews’ side need a maximum of four points from their last four games to secure a top three finish and the first promotion in the club’s 134-year history.
However, Stow must upgrade their floodlights in order to move up into the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division next season, at a cost first quoted at £10,000, but now estimated somewhere between £15,000 and £23,000.
Last week Stowmarket Town Council’s service delivery committee met and unanimously voted to recommend the club receive £10,000 of developer contribution funding.
The £10,000 would be taken from a ringfenced fund managed by Mid Suffolk District Council, with the money secured through section 106 agreements with housing developers, and the town council have been asked to approve the grant.
“We’ve got our fingers crossed that it will be approved,” said Andrews, who takes his promotion-chasing side to Wisbech St Mary on Saturday (3pm), before a local derby at home to Debenham LC on Easter Monday (3pm).
“It would be tremendous news for the club and the council’s support would be very welcomed.
“It would benefit not just the first team, but also the other teams at the club. It would benefit a lot of people.”
Stow have so far raised £3,135 on their crowdfunding page on the Just Giving website and welcome any donations to help raise the necessary funds.
The club have set up a ground development fund for all the donations which have been received so far, with the money only going towards improving the facilities at their Greens Meadow home.
* For a full preview to what could be an historic promotion-clinching weekend for Stow see Friday’s print edition.