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Beavers chairman: Hampton are not along in pitch battle
2:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in Sport
Hampton & Richmond Borough chairman Steve McPherson has vowed to fix the club’s problem pitch.
The Beavers have invested about £25,000 in the playing surface at the Beveree in recent years, but part of the pitch remains a problem and a string of games have been postponed this season – including last Saturday’s visit of Harrow Borough – as a result.
It leaves boss Mark Harper’s Ryman Premier League play-off chasers, who drew 0-0 at struggling Thurrock on Tuesday, with games to make up on many of their rivals and facing a run of 12 matches in 38 days.
But McPherson, who revealed Hampton are finding it difficult to balance the books in the absence of regular home fixtures during the winter months, is confident the arrival of spring will help the cause on and off the pitch.
“Apart from a small 10ftx10ft square, it is a fantastic surface. There is only a small part of the pitch that is causing a problem,” he said.
“It just doesn’t seem to want to drain and we are looking at ways of putting it right.
“We are not the only team to have games cancelled and we are virtually up to date. Obviously it puts a strain on finances, for a club like ours, but we are managing that by deferring payment of bills here and there to
“We are a team that likes to play football on the ground. Once the weather improves, results will improve too.
“If you look at results at the start of the season – when the ground is as firm – we won five of our first six games and only conceded one goal.”
“I think playing regularly will help too. A run of two or three wins will put us right in the running for the play-offs and once you get that momentum anything can happen.
“I expect us to finish in the play-offs and that gives us half a chance of promotion, which is the aim.”
Harper’s men, who travel to Margate tomorrow, were left frustrated on Tuesday night as in form striker Charlie Moone was unable to find the net for his men.
“Mark said we dominated the first half and should have been several goals up, but it was not to be in the second half,” added McPherson.