ORGANISERS of the Joma 2010 South West Challenge Cup have announced a sixth host ground for this year s tournament. Tiverton-based Elmore FC is set to host at least two games during the competition from July 19-25. Other matches will be played in Barnstap
ORGANISERS of the Joma 2010 South West Challenge Cup have announced a sixth host ground for this year's tournament.
Tiverton-based Elmore FC is set to host at least two games during the competition from July 19-25. Other matches will be played in Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe, Torrington and Holsworthy.
Tournament secretary Heather Schofield, said: "Following the wild-card entry of Blackpool, we were anxious to ensure that the expected expansion of the fixtures schedule was fully matched by an extension of the number of host grounds.
"It is the policy of the tournament executive to ensure that host grounds are rotated and used as carefully as possible, so as to ensure that they are left in good condition for the start of each clubs' domestic season.
"Elmore is a well-appointed ground with excellent facilities for travelling and local supporters; perhaps more significantly for the Joma 2010 tournament, is its location close to the motorway and principal North Devon link road ensures easy and comfortable access to the ground for travelling fans.
Tournament director Michael Bradshaw said organisers were "very keen" to spread the tournament reach beyond just the main locations of Barnstaple and the North Devon coast.
"We have been trying to tie-up this additional ground for some time," he said.
"Hopefully the games we stage here will bring people back to Elmore and remind them, like me, of what a superb boutique ground it is and what a hardworking group of supporters help maintain this club season in and season out."
The draw for this year's challenge cup takes place at the Barnstaple Hotel, at 2.30pm.