Work to prepare the Spotland pitch for the start of the new season continues, with the ground staff cutting the newly grown grass on a daily basis.
Almost six weeks have passed since contractors moved off site, and there is a notable difference in the surface, as it transforms from beach like to thick green grass.
Staff cut the new surface for the first time last week and assistant groundsman, Drew Duffy, says they’re pleased with the progress that it’s making.
“It’s as good as we could have hoped for at this stage,” said Drew. “We’re now well past the stage of having any bare patches and the grass will only continue to thicken up even further every time we cut it.”
He continued: “We’ll be cutting it every day this week, as well as feeding it regularly with fertiliser, which will help the grass continue to thicken up.
“And it’s good exercise,” laughed Drew. “We use pedestrian mowers, so by the time I’ve cut the full pitch, it’s equivalent to walking seven miles!”
Drew added: “The weather conditions have also been really good. It has been warm and sunny since the work started, so with the sprinklers on non-stop, and the warm weather, it has been brilliant.”
*The photo above is how the pitch looked on Monday afternoon.