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Groundsman Paul Knowles talks us through the work taking place this summer

24 May 2019

The summer pitch work has started on the playing surface at the PTS Academy Stadium.

After a busy season, which ended with a host of community festivals and cup finals, the games have come to an end, and preparations for next season are well underway.

"There will be some sand renovation, some scarification to remove the debris and the meadow grass," said Groundsman Paul Knowles.

"80 tonnes of sand will be put down to create drainage holes in case we have a wet winter, it will be reseeded and then the focus is on the grass growing.

"We always try to have at least six weeks with the pitch but we have managed to squeeze a little bit longer than that this year and that can only help. Seven weeks is ideal for us and we have that this year.

"The pitch stood up really well last season and I think it ended the season in the best condition it has ever been in. The drainage started to slow down a little towards the end of the season as some of the holes filled up a little and that will be sorted out during the summer."

The club have not lost a home game to the weather for five and a half years now, and that is a proud record Knowles is keen to extend.

"I am not tempting fate," he smiled.

"We had a reasonable winter and that helped of course but fingers crossed we have a good winter again.

"We are also working on two new dedicated training pitches for the first team up at Moulton College as well, meaning they will then have four pitches to work with. The two new pitches should be ready for the end of June and start of July."

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