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Harriers to invest in pitch drainage
2:30pm Friday 7th February 2014 in Sport
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers are set to use some of their FA Cup money to improve the pitch drainage at Aggborough.
Following the wettest January in a century, grounds up and down the country have taken a battering by the elements.
Harriers' Aggborough pitch is no exception with last night's Skrill Premier match against Cambridge United requiring several inspections.
Tenants Worcester City have also had three matches called off since the turn of the year due to waterlogged pitches, the latest being last Saturday's Skrill North fixture against Stockport County.
Given the extra burden on Harriers' pitch, the club have moved to improve conditions by spending some of the FA Cup windfall on drainage.
A run to the fourth round of the competition earned the promotion-chasers more than £200,000.
The club have also bought a £12,000 lawn mower to help groundsman Tom Allcut prepare the surface.
Games are set to come thick and fast at Aggborough in the near future with Worcester hosting Barrow on Saturday, February 15, and Telford United three days later.
Harriers then have two games in three days themselves, against Braintree on Saturday, February 22, and Woking on Tuesday, February 25.
Meanwhile, midfielder Callum Gittings says it is a welcome relief to be back in the Harriers team.
The 28-year-old returned to the side for the 3-1 defeat at Gateshead following shoulder and hamstring injuries.
He said: “With a new manager coming in I was about three or four weeks behind in terms of training sessions so it has been a bit like pre-season.
“But that extra work is what you have to do if you want to be involved and when I have been coming on recently I think I’ve been doing alright."