Wisbech Town director Creasey admits the club are working hard to solve pitch’s “teething” problems
FRUSTRATION returned to Wisbech Town Football Club on Saturday as their fifth home game in eight matches was postponed.
The in-form Fenmen’s league clash with Walsham-le-Willows - set to be sponsored by the Wisbech Standard - fell foul of overnight rain.
Club director Dick Creasey admitted there are problems with the year-old pitch at the club’s new �350,000 ground but pleaded with fans to remain patient.
He said: “We can’t simply just pull a plug and make the water disappear. When you lay a pitch at any level there are hiccups.
“We were behind before we started because freezing weather meant the pitch got laid later than we intended. In an ideal world we would have given it longer to rest but we can’t do anything about that.
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“We understand the supporters’ frustrations. The board feels it, Steve (Appleby) feels it and so do the players. It might take a bit of time but we will get this problem sorted.”
It is hoped that the pitch can be verti-drained this week. The method, which helps improve drainage, could break through a rock-hard surface of soil eight inches below the pitch which is preventing water from draining properly.
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Creasey said: “We’re having teething problems but people need to realise we haven’t got seven or eight paid groundsmen like a professional club.
“Snips Parsons works his socks off - with a growing band of helpers - and I can never praise his, or their work enough.
“We won’t take any financial risks to sort this problem which could jeopardise the club. We’re debt-free but we’ve got to remain sensible about this.”
Creasey admitted he couldn’t “promise” planned work would rectify the matter but insisted the problem was not the fault of Mumby Landscapes, who laid the pitch.
• Saturday’s postponed game has been re-arranged for March 5. The reserves semi-final clash with Linton Granta could be played on the club’s second pitch - next to the ground - on Saturday.