Shay pitch set to be relaid this summer

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The problematic pitch at the Shay will be relaid in the summer in the latest attempt to solve the ongoing turf trouble.

Maintenance work has been carried out on the pitch during previous summers but persistent drainage problems mean it is still in a poor condition, resulting in severe disruptions to FC Halifax Town’s fixture schedule.

Several Town games have had to be postponed this season, leaving them with eight games in 25 days this month, while they had to move an FA Trophy game with Dartford to Droylsden in February when the Shay pitch was deemed unplayable.

Calderdale Council’s sport and active leisure manager, Mike Murray, said: “The postponements of Halifax Town games this season have mostly been due to a waterlogged pitch.

“The period of significant rain and snow over the winter led to problems with the pitch, but we continue to do all we can to allow games to go ahead, approaching one game at a time and trying to plan our maintenance accordingly.

“We have a maintenance window planned in summer, where we plan to remove existing grass, thatch, the top 2-3 inches of soil and fully reseed and regrow the pitch surface.

“We also carry out routine drainage work on the pitch throughout the year and we are working with both clubs to see what further improvements can be made to the pitch during the summer.”

Town’s next home game is against Gateshead on Tuesday, March 24.