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Owls' Pitch Not In Doubt

Wednesday head groundsman Steve Kiddy insists that the Hillsborough pitch should hold out for the rest of the season despite Saturday's abandoned clash with Coventry.

Officials brought Saturday's Championship dual with the Sky Blues to a premature end on 27 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch, and the scenes brought concerns over the state of the pitch for the rest of the Owls' campaign.

The summer floods haven't helped, with the Hillsborough pitch having to be relayed just weeks before the start of the current season.

But Kiddy insists that the pitch should hold firm for the rest of the season should no more freak weather come the way of S6.

'I'm hearing a lot of comments that the pitch is cutting up and won't last but I don't think it's playing too bad,' Kiddy told the official SWFC website.

'It is moving a little bit under the feet but if we can get through January and February with little disruption, we should be fine right through to the end of the season.'

Wednesday play away to Crystal Palace this weekend, giving the Hillsborough pitch a fortnight to recover, and Kiddy is confident the Owls won't receive any further set-backs for the clash with Watford on Saturday, December 22.

He continued: 'The pitch has dried out a lot since Saturday.

'An overnight frost on Monday cracked the top open to let the water move through and as we stand, we'll be able to get some mowers out there this week and get things back to normal.'

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 12 2007

Time: 10:09AM

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Love that quote! As long as it holds up through the bad weather months, it should be fine when the weather improves. Must be very reassuring to know that you shouldn't have any embarrassing abandonments in March, April or May.
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12/12/2007 11:49:00

Pitch might be alright now, but when haxey takes his spade down to the charlton match when his daughter is a mascot, there will be a few dug up patches on it then!!
will it ever happen
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12/12/2007 16:34:00

well its a cert that the pitch at the bramallsty lane wont hold up with them trotters all over it. but on saying that cost cutting by mr allen as affected the state of the hallowed turf at s6. never known in years gone by a match 2 be even in doubt due to waterlogged pitch at hilsbora. but as they say you get what you pay for
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12/12/2007 17:30:00


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