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12 February 2014

Groundstaff battle against the weather to keep Town in training

Head groundsman Ben Connell admits his team are fighting a battle against the elements to keep training on at Playford Road. 

Town have lost U18 games to the weather recently with the pitches waterlogged at the training ground and the first-team trained at Portman Road earlier this week, with the conditions at the training ground testing for the players – and the groundstaff. 

The rainfall in the area is approaching twice what would normally be expected over December, January and February and will rise even still with heavy rain predicted for the rest of this week and into next week.     

“It’s the wettest it’s been in this area for 30 years,” Ben explained to the Club website.

“There is a small amount of standing water on the pitches at the training ground but they are mainly wet and soft underfoot and a little bit unstable in some places.

“It takes a lot out of the players when they play on wet pitches so they’ve been down at Portman Road to train at the start of this week.

“We can’t keep the rain off the pitches. All we can do is aerate as much as practical and fork the pitches coming up to a training session to try and keep training on. 

“It’s not been easy and it doesn’t help that we keep having rain on rain.”

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