Bosomworth delighted as Shay pitch gets facelift

Work on the pitch at the Shay Stadium, Halifax
Work on the pitch at the Shay Stadium, Halifax

FC Halifax Town are hoping their turf war with the Shay surface will finally be over thanks to improvements taking place to the pitch.

New drains are being installed that will allow water to drain through the surface, which is being relaid.

Chairman David Bosomworth said: “There has been a significant investment in some substantial work on the pitch which has been funded by a number of contributors.

“Hopefully this will signal the end to the problems we’ve had over recent years and also reduce the running costs needed to maintain it.

“We are absolutely delighted the work has started.

“It’s pretty dry weather at the moment which is helpful.

“They’re using an incredible piece of equipment that lays three drain slits at a time - it’s remarkable watching it.

“If everything goes well they hope to have all the work done by Wednesday - it’s then down to the weather.”

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, while they had to move an FA Trophy game with Dartford to Droylsden in February when the Shay pitch was deemed unplayable.