Ilkeston Town postone installation of new 4G pitch

Ilkeston Town owner Mark Clifford has announced plans to install a new 4G pitch at the club have been postponed for one year.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 8:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 8:28 am
Plans to lay a 4G pitch at The New Manor Ground have been postponed 12 months.

The news was confirmed during a club statement on Tuesday night, with Mr Clifford saying the decision had left all at the club frustrated but feeling it was necessary due to the current uncertainty following the Covid-19 outbreak

He also said the focus on on-pitch progress would be the key goal this season.

The statement said: “The main factor in this decision is clearly the unavailability at present of contractors and suppliers due to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Without clear guidelines as to when work could commence, along with the club’s strong ambitions and expectations for next season, we felt it was vital that after securing the club’s future off the pitch that we now focus on progressing on it.“We are adamant that the club should be fully prepared for the season ahead and simply will not allow any of Martin’s plans or the club’s pre season preparations to be hampered by any self inflicted delays or uncertainty.

“All at the club strongly feel this is a sensible approach and that the decision has been made at the correct time.“We would like to strongly reiterate that this is a 12 month delay only with planning permission already granted. There is a complete frustration felt by us all at the club.”

Work to refurbish the current New Manor Ground pitch is currently underway, along with other groundwork, and is expected to be completed for the pre-season campaign.