New tractor to solve 3G pitch problems?

Officials from Newton Stewart FC and Dumfries and Galloway Council met this week to try and resolve the problems at Blairmount’s 3G pitch.

A club spokesman said the meeting and been very productive and that a change of machine to maintain the pitch could be the solution.

Mr McClymont said: “The council have taken away the Ferrari (a Gianni Ferrari PG Artificial Maintenance System) and they are sending down a Kubota tractor today (Thursday) and we will see if that makes any difference.

“In my opinion the Ferrari, which the council gave us at the start of the summer, was too heavy to use for the weekly sweep, it should only be used for a deep clean.

“It’s like using a JCB to dig your garden.

“The club had to cancel two games but the team played last Friday night as it was frosty and the pitch was dry. When we had a grass pitch we wouldn’t have been able to play at all. But we are losing money and people are losing interest and going elsewhere to train.

“If we could just eliminate this water problem it would be a tremendous pitch. I know we have had a lot of rain but we had no problems last January and February with all the rain and with the old machine we had.”

The council declined to comment.