AFC Ludlow planning to register 3G surface as first-team pitch next season

AFC Ludlow are planning to register the 3G surface as their first-team pitch for next season.

Boss Dave Cooper said the club were frustrated about matches being postponed due to the bad weather.

“We will probably register the 3G pitch as our first-team pitch for next year,” confirmed Cooper.

“Hopefully it will stop teams not wanting to play on it.

“We will play our home matches on the grass wherever possible but the 3G pitch will be used as a back-up.

“We think the 3G pitch could have helped ease the fixture backlog that we are going to experience.”

Title-chasing Ludlow are scheduled to travel to Allscott in the Mercian League Premier Division this Saturday.

Ludlow have contacted the league this week and asked for the match to switched to the SBS Stadium if Allscott’s pitch is waterlogged.

“If Allscott can confirm by Thursday that their pitch won’t be fit, we have told the league they can switch the match to our place,” said Cooper.

The manager added: “There’s a bit of frustration about the poor weather and matches being called off but there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Ludlow’s trip to Shifnal 97 was called off last Saturday morning because of a waterlogged pitch.

And Cooper said the break has given his squad a chance to recover from injuries.

“We were down to the barebones last weekend - with me and Mike Seaborne included to start on the bench,” said Cooper.

Dale Hodge tweaked his g roin against Hereford United, Danny Crowther picked up an injury in training and Simon Bull woke up with a bad neck.

“The lads have got over the 9-0 defeat against Hereford United,” said Cooper. “A few of the players were probably a bit overawed playing against a team like Hereford.

“Ian Havard made some brilliant saves but he conceded more goals in that game than he had in the entire league season.”

Meanwhile, around 100 people flocked to an evening of live music which raised money for injured players Ryan Lockley and John Haycox.

A local band, The Cellar Boys, performed at the SBS Stadium on Saturday night.

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