Blaze-hit rugby club's hopes of home start
OFFICALS at one of Wales's oldest rugby clubs are hopeful they will be able to start the new season at home after a fire damaged its main stand.
Earlier this month a blaze swept through Maesteg RFC's stand and first floor bar.
Chairman David Morgan said despite the blaze a limited supply of electricity should be in place, meaning the changing rooms can be used.
"The insurance company is dealing with it and we are doing as much as we can in clearing up," he said.
"We've got no power or heating whatsoever and we are trying to get a limited supply of electricity for the changing rooms.
"The rest of the stand and clubhouse is a major job and won't be ready for the foreseeable future but the structure itself is okay."
South Wales Police are continuing to investigate the blaze which came after the club had completed a refurbishment of its facilities.
The club's season starts away to Skewen on Saturday, September, 7 with the first home match due to take place the following week against Aberystwyth, and Seven Sisters two weeks later.
If they are not able to get a workable supply of electricity in time it will try to switch those first home games to away matches with the help of the Welsh Rugby Union.
If that isn't possible the club will look to use the changing rooms at the leisure centre over the road.
The cellar was also damaged in the blaze, along with some of the club memorabilia in the sponsors' lounge.