I think it is fair to say we were all taken by surprise by tonight’s match being called off, and not only taken by surprise but very disappointed.
At the heart of the problem is drainage. I have asked Fingers and Adam the groundsman to come back with any short term suggestions that may help stop this happening again. If there is something we can do that costs £hundreds then we will do it – but if it costs £thousands then that is another story.
It really is simple, like everything the long term solution costs money. If we had invested more money into the pitch during the summer and reduced Gordon’s budget further then I don’t think that would have been a popular decision though we may have played tonight.
As always we make choices around where we spend our money. We did spend about £5,000 on the pitch during the summer but this money is as much for repair and wear and tear as anything else. To invest in a decent drainage system would be a much bigger job and is not worth doing until we have more certainty around our long term tenure.
Many will remember that before we came to Ruislip the pitch at The Vale was probably the worst in Middlesex. The work we have done to it has improved it out of recognition but we also know there is far more to do.
Ultimately tonight’s postponement doesn’t help and means Alan Couch needs to reorganise another match. At least we are away for the next three games.