After problems surrounding the playing surface, and resulting enforced postponements, Spennymoor Town are currently upgrading the pitch at their Brewery Field ground ready for the upcoming Motorama campaign.
The Moors have admitted an undulating pitch and insufficient drainage has tended to hold the club back and these issues, together with efforts to reduce the slope, are now being addressed.
According to the National League North club new irrigation systems and 20 pop-up sprinklers, believed to be similar to those in place at Edgar Street, have been installed.
The Moors’ groundsman Mark Sleighthome, who was formerly at Sunderland, says, “The Brewery Field is almost unrecognisable at the moment. We’ve removed the perimeter fence, chopped down some of the trees encroaching over the wall behind the South goal and completely bulldozed the pitch.
“It looks like a beach right now, with more than 700 tonnes of sand currently being rolled out. But when it’s complete it’s going to be a surface to be proud of.”
Tony Wilson, Managing Director, said: “It’s pretty much common knowledge that the club is investing heavily in the stadium. We’ve said that the coming season has to show how far we can take Spennymoor Town FC.
“There are a lot more developments planned for the ground, which we’ll announce when they have begun, but this is a fantastic start. It’s already having a transformative effect, even before the new grass is in. We’ve radically lowered our season ticket prices and we’ve invested six figures in improving the Brewery Field for match days. We’re doing everything we can”.
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