CASH-strapped Hucknall Town fear the club’s financial crisis has claimed another victim — their Watnall Road pitch.
The hard, bobbly surface has come in for heavy criticism in the opening weeks of the season. But Town do not have the money to splash out on improvements.
“It is ropey to say the least,” says assistant manager Gary Stones.
“But we cannot water it as we would like because we are metered and must watch the pennies. We did spend £300 on seeding it but that is nothing when you think that Rolls-Royce in Hucknall spent £2,500 on seeding theirs.”
The state of the pitch, which is also handicapped by a notorious slope, is preventing Town playing the kind of attractive football they would like to entice the fans back to Watnall Road after last season’s relegation.
And it also forced them to endure a scare in the Preliminary Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on Saturday September 3 when they were held to a goalless draw by underdogs Holbeach United.
The Yellows made it through to the next round in the replay on Wednesday September 7 but the loss of £1,500 prize money would have been a bitter blow if they had gone out of the prestigious competition.
Now they get the chance to pocket a further £3,000 when they tackle Matlock Town, away, in the First Qualifying Round on Saturday September 17. The Yellows were not disgraced in two league encounters with Matlock last season, losing 2-1 at Causeway Lane but drawing 2-2 at home.