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No concerns over the pitch....it s had huge amount of wear this season.   Id never question the volunteers just our abiliry to get the ball down and our style of play.   Not the ideal time of year to start inconsistent performances.

Is Harold out injured?

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4 hours ago, djwilf said:

No concerns over the pitch....it s had huge amount of wear this season.   Id never question the volunteers just our abiliry to get the ball down and our style of play.   Not the ideal time of year to start inconsistent performances.

Is Harold out injured?

The pitch was good apart from a few bald patches.The concern is the lack of watering the pitch gets, making the surface bone hard with pronounced bounce.This makes getting the ball under control before being shut down very difficult and results in the ball being above waste height for half of the game..We are not alone with this problem at this level as most teams find it hard to get enough water on the pitches..One of the reasons we normally suffer in late season play-off's and finals, where more physical more direct teams tend to prosper.

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27 minutes ago, lovely stuff said:

The pitch was good apart from a few bald patches.The concern is the lack of watering the pitch gets, making the surface bone hard with pronounced bounce.This makes getting the ball under control before being shut down very difficult and results in the ball being above waste height for half of the game..We are not alone with this problem at this level as most teams find it hard to get enough water on the pitches..One of the reasons we normally suffer in late season play-off's and finals, where more physical more direct teams tend to prosper.

I don’t think Cray were more physical or more direct on Friday. It’s just that they were very good at set pieces and hitting us on the break.

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14 hours ago, Wildlife rescue said:

Even mo was saying the pitch is not allowing him to play his dribble style as its so bobbly the ball is going all over the place.

Not sure why they can't get any water on it.

On that basis a semi final away will probably be better for the team.

Same for both sides. 

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1 hour ago, andyetfc said:

Same for both sides. 

Totally agree other teams play well on our pitch why can’t we. Don’t blame the pitch when both sides play on it 

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2 hours ago, old towner said:

Totally agree other teams play well on our pitch why can’t we. Don’t blame the pitch when both sides play on it 

It might be that certain teams are less effected by a hard bobbly surface than others.The sort of teams that like to play a pressing game.The sort of teams that don't have players that dribble with the ball much ,or play a short passing game.Big strong teams that play direct percentage football tend to thrive.A bad pitch tends to become a leveler and the lesser sides become harder to beat.

 

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24 minutes ago, lovely stuff said:

It might be that certain teams are less effected by a hard bobbly surface than others.The sort of teams that like to play a pressing game.The sort of teams that don't have players that dribble with the ball much ,or play a short passing game.Big strong teams that play direct percentage football tend to thrive.A bad pitch tends to become a leveler and the lesser sides become harder to beat.

 

So what are we?

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Unfortunately its not a case of just turning on the tap and the whole pitch will get watered in one go, this will only happen with with a full pop up sprinkler system. There is only enough water pressure to have  4/5 sprinklers on at a time and every 2-3 hours these need to be moved. As you need to do the whole pitch, otherwise it could be dangerous, it takes a minimum of 16 hours to do the entire pitch and it cant be done whilst the pitch is being prepared for the match and needs someone to keep going over the ground to move the sprinklers.

Saving the water from when we have too much rain has been considered but you then need a method of deploying it under pressure and you cant have hoses across the running track when its being used.

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