1874 NORTHWICH will continue to play their home games at Townfield next season.

The boards of both 1874 and landlords Barnton have agreed to extend the groundshare agreement into a third season, with the option of a further extension, and this was signed off by Barnton Parish Council.

Having initially shared Barton Stadium with Winsford United after their formation in 2012, 1874 moved back into the town to play home games at Townfield from the 2019-20 campaign, leading to an increase in average attendances.

Since then, volunteers from both clubs have worked together to improve the ground – work that is continuing to this day.

Most recently, the changing rooms have been renovated while work to prepare the playing surface for the return of both sides to action is ongoing.

“We would like to thank everyone at Barnton FC for their continued friendship,” 1874 chairman Steve Richardson said.

“It has been a positive partnership and we’re looking forward to building on it in the future.

“We have a fantastic, close working relationship with the board and volunteers at Barnton and 1874 is committed to playing its part in improving facilities at the ground for the benefit of both clubs.”

Barnton chairman Dave Bryning said he too was looking forward to the relationship between the two clubs continuing to flourish.

“I’m delighted with how things have developed off the pitch at Townfield in the last year," he said.

“Volunteers from both clubs have worked tirelessly behind the scenes. The commitment and togetherness shown from everyone to improve the facilities at Townfield is fantastic to see.

“We would like to thank everyone at 1874 Northwich for their ongoing support and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them.

“We would also like to thank Barnton Primary School, Barnton Cricket Club and Barnton Parish Council for their continued support.”