Rodney Parade pitch work will start this week

South Wales Argus: Rodney Parade pitch work will start this week Rodney Parade pitch work will start this week

NEWPORT County AFC say work is due to begin on the Rodney Parade pitch this week, writes Andrew Penman.

The £80,000 drainage improvement project, organised and paid for by County, was only partly completed last summer.

The plan was to install improved drainage along with a Dragons-funded £40,000 irrigation scheme. The latter was completed but contractors ran out of time to complete the former.

The main drainage channels running the length of the pitch were put in place but the sand and gravel slits that run across the pitch and tie the whole system together were only in place from the changing rooms end up to halfway.

That left the northern end of the pitch – traditionally the most troublesome end – at risk of flooding and it was that end that suffered so badly during one of the wettest winters on record.

County saw six home matches postponed in December, January and February and large parts of the northern end of the pitch have been covered in sand since then, making life difficult for Justin Edinburgh’s men.

As reported last week, work was delayed from May 12 but the club has now confirmed that it will get under way this week.

A statement from the club reads: “Drainage works to the Rodney Parade pitch have commenced by excavating trial holes, as agreed with the Football League recommended appointed agronomist STRI.

“This will determine the condition of the lateral drains previously installed by Phil Day Sports, at locations where Rodney Parade made temporary connections to during the bad weather last winter.

“The findings of these trial holes have been forwarded in a report to Rodney Parade and the appointed agronomist and we are awaiting confirmation of the remedial works required to repair the drains prior to commencing works this week.

“The works will take approximately one week to complete subject to the weather and all works completed will be subject to inspection by an independent agronomist.”

Edinburgh is hopeful that the work will be completed on schedule he doesn’t expect a repeat of last season’s problems.

“Getting the pitch right is key,” said the Exiles boss. “I’ll argue until I’m blue in the face that the problems we had with the surface killed our momentum last season.

“The club is doing everything in its power to make it right and that will be our best signing of the summer.”

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6:51pm Tue 20 May 14

sooty001 says...

Let's just get it done properly so as we can see some decent football next season.
Let's just get it done properly so as we can see some decent football next season. sooty001
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8:57pm Tue 20 May 14

Frankfurt says...

I know that it was necessary to dig the trenches, in January I think it was, but couldn't they have been turfed instead of left with sand on the surface? For the last 3 months of the season the pitch was really unacceptable by any standards.
I know that it was necessary to dig the trenches, in January I think it was, but couldn't they have been turfed instead of left with sand on the surface? For the last 3 months of the season the pitch was really unacceptable by any standards. Frankfurt
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8:58pm Tue 20 May 14

JimMachen says...

At least they are taking core samples this time. Had they done this last time, then we may not have had the problems we experienced after Christmas.

The thing that bothers me is that we are already several days past the date that work was abandoned last year to give the grass time to grow and our first home friendly against CZJ is two days earlier than the Villa Youth game last season.

If the real work on the pitch starts in earnest next Monday (just two weeks late) and only takes a week, as predicted, then the reseeded part of the pitch will have about three weeks less time to establish itself than it did last year,

I just hope that is enough time.
At least they are taking core samples this time. Had they done this last time, then we may not have had the problems we experienced after Christmas. The thing that bothers me is that we are already several days past the date that work was abandoned last year to give the grass time to grow and our first home friendly against CZJ is two days earlier than the Villa Youth game last season. If the real work on the pitch starts in earnest next Monday (just two weeks late) and only takes a week, as predicted, then the reseeded part of the pitch will have about three weeks less time to establish itself than it did last year, I just hope that is enough time. JimMachen
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2:15pm Wed 21 May 14

sooty001 says...

Well I went over RP this morning 1030 21/05/14 and the only difference from the end of the Rochdale game to now is that there are no goalposts up and no crowd and not a single worker in sight, do hope they are getting this sorted.
Well I went over RP this morning 1030 21/05/14 and the only difference from the end of the Rochdale game to now is that there are no goalposts up and no crowd and not a single worker in sight, do hope they are getting this sorted. sooty001
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2:18pm Wed 21 May 14

sooty001 says...

Frankfurt wrote:
I know that it was necessary to dig the trenches, in January I think it was, but couldn't they have been turfed instead of left with sand on the surface? For the last 3 months of the season the pitch was really unacceptable by any standards.
The turf would not knit on the sand with 3 teams playing on it, and it would have made it more dangerous than just with the sand
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: I know that it was necessary to dig the trenches, in January I think it was, but couldn't they have been turfed instead of left with sand on the surface? For the last 3 months of the season the pitch was really unacceptable by any standards.[/p][/quote]The turf would not knit on the sand with 3 teams playing on it, and it would have made it more dangerous than just with the sand sooty001
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