Drainage prob­lem for new FC Stoney­wood pitch

Evening Express (City Final) - - GREEN FINAL - By Ben Holme

FC STONEY­WOOD boss Graeme Laird to­day re­vealed they will have to wait un­til next year to play their first league game at their new pitch.

The Su­per­league side moved to a new fa­cil­ity on Mar­ket Street, Stoney­wood, ear­lier this year after house builders Dan­dara moved into their old ground at Polo Park.

H o w e v e r, d r a i n a g e is­sues have ham­pered the move, with the club yet to play a home league game there this sea­son.

Stoney­wood cur­rently sit sec­ond bot­tom in the top flight with the team hav­ing played up to six games less than their ri­vals due to the prob­lems.

Now the Ju­nior side have struck a deal with the North Re­gion FA to play their league games away from home un­til 2015.

Laird, co-man­ager along­side Phil Leslie, said: “It is frus­trat­ing, as you ex­pect to go to a new fa­cil­ity and ev­ery­thing to be fine.

“The agree­ment was that we were to have a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity built when we left Polo Park.

“So a new pitch was built at the top end of Mar­ket Street in Stoney­wood. But the new pitch has con­tin­u­ally been wa­ter­logged.

“We have yet to play a home league game this sea­son.

“We did man­age to play some cup games on it at the start of the sea­son, but un­for­tu­nately we have not had enough game time.

“I think it is still in the hands of the house builders who de­vel­oped Polo Park to come up with a res­o­lu­tion to it.

“I know that they have ac­tively been here and tried to put drains in place in the past month.

“But we are just des­per­ate to get some games on and catch up. You just need to look at the league and see that we are five or six games be­hind other teams.

“It is not go­ing to be good head­ing into the new year and maybe hav­ing to play two or three times a week.

“That would put a strain on the guys get­ting off work and things like that.

“Our sec­re­tary and chair­man had a meet­ing with the North Re­gion FA and we came to an agree­ment that un­til the new year we will play our games away from home.

“Hope­fully, after that the drainage is­sue will be re­solved.”

A spokesman for Dan­dara said: “The new ground at Mar­ket Street has, like so many foot­ball venues, suf­fered from hor­ren­dous weather this sea­son.

“Work has re­cently been car­ried out to im­prove drainage at the ground, to ad­dress the is­sue, and we hope to see FC Stoney­wood host their matches there soon.”

Mean­while, Stoney­wood have another headache as they try to fit in a Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup tie against Ayr­shire’s Kil­birnie Lade­side.

New ground has been wa­ter­logged

The third round clash has al­ready been post­poned twice, with the two set to try again this week­end at David­son Park, Long­side.

“The game was meant to be at New­machar’s ground two weeks ago,” Laird said.

“While last week we had Park­vale’s and Sun­ny­bank’s grounds avail­able, but both failed pitch in­spec­tions.

“So we are ac­tively out there ask­ing favours of other clubs to use their fa­cil­i­ties.”

Mean­while, Banks o’ Dee have placed for­mer Cove mid­fielder Scott Burke on the trans­fer list.

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