Drainage problem for new FC Stoneywood pitch
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.