NANTWICH Town are hoping to begin work on their new state-of-the-art £2 million stadium at Kingsley Fields in July.
The showpiece arena will have a ground capacity of 4,000, with 400 covered seats and covered standing accommodation for a further 700 spectators.
The stadium will also include a main floodlit pitch, additional floodlit synthetic all-weather pitch available for school and community use, six changing rooms, a social and function suite for 250 people, large car park and facilities for the disabled.
The Dabbers were awarded a grant of £959,999 from the Football Foundation towards the new community complex in March. Nantwich Town Football Club Trust has raised £936,055 towards the project and there have been further grants of £100,000 from Nantwich Town Council and £60,000 from Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
Club chairman Clive Jackson said: 'We now have more of a timetable in place for the work. The architect has prepared everything for the tenders and the tender documents should be back, so we can choose a preferred contractor, by the beginning of June.
'So we should be looking at a July start for the work which would leave us with a completion date in February or March.
'The stadium will become the focal point for football - not just for our club but for the whole community.'
The project manager and chief architect for the new ground is Peter Summersgill, who is vastly experienced in the design of sports complexes. His recent works include Curzon Ashton FC's new ground and projects at Denton Golf Club and the Northern Lawn Tennis Club.
Nantwich have confirmed four home friendlies against Oldham Athletic (July 17), Stafford Rangers (July 20), Kidsgrove (July 31) and Shrewsbury Town (Au-gust 3). They will also visit Llandudno on Saturday, July 24.
ALSAGER Town's cup final blues continued on Sunday when they fell at the last hurdle for the third time this season.
A roller-coaster Crewe and District FA U18s Cup final saw Alsager edged out 6-5 by Macclesfield Town at Willaston White Star on Sunday.
After going 1-0 down early on, Alsager drew level through Kieron Dawson only to see Macclesfield surge into a 3-1 lead.
Two goals from Matt Wool-iscroft, a second strike by Dawson and a goal from Rob Egley helped turn the game around, but Macclesfield took the tie into overtime by making it 5-5 deep into injury-time.
A goal late in the second half of extra-time gave Macclesfield the trophy.
Alsager hold their annual presentation night on Sunday when former Burnley star Steve Kindon will be the guest speaker.