Macclesfield Town Head Groundsman Gary Lewis has spoken to the Official Site regarding how the pitch is shaping up as we build up to the 2017/8 National League season.
Many fans commented that the pitch seemed to be in very good nick at the Fans Forum held last Thursday, but Gary thinks that we are not quite there yet –
I won’t lie to you it could do with another couple of weeks really. Six weeks ago we had horses running up and down it but we will be ok.
We have not got perfection, but we will get it”.
Following on from this, Gary paid tribute to the army of volunteers which have helped him with maintenance on the ground over the summer.
People have come in to help us on a wet Saturday morning when it was pouring down. They did a great job – all the volunteers did and I really want to thank them”
Gary then went on to talk about the fact that his pristine pitch is up for a national award at the start of August –
I have been invited to The Hilton at St George’s Park for an award ceremony. They say it is run a bit like the Oscars!
I am only going down to win – I don’t do second me so hopefully I can bring a trophy back!”
The summer months prove to be a hectic time for those who work on the pitch, as in just a few short weeks the whole surface is removed and reseeded for the new one to grow.
This summer, Gary has encountered a few unforeseen problems, yet his innovative solution seems to be doing the trick –
I have had a lot of trouble with pigeons and birds eating all the seeds on the pitch.
Years ago, I remember a bloke telling me that they don’t like snakes. I don’t know why that is because obviously snakes don’t fly but anyway I have made my own!
It is not a real snake but I drew a little face on it and put it out there – it seems to be working ok!