Pompey pitch work set to get under way

Andy Awford insisted the current training ground surface is 'not fit for purpose'. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford insisted the current training ground surface is 'not fit for purpose'. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey’s training ground is to undergo essential pitch work within the next fortnight.

And the Fratton Park playing surface will also be worked on as the club bids to resolve its much-publicised pitch problems.

The Blues’ Copnor Road training home forms a major part of their close-season repair work.

The News understands it is scheduled to begin within two weeks, with contractors taking off the top surface and putting in rows of sand before reseeding.

That should enable rain to seep through the drainage system to prevent any repeat of the waterlogging problems which have dogged their arrival at the Roko base.

Although largely able to train there, Pompey have managed to stage just one reserve-team fixture at their new residence since moving in during December 2014.

As a result, home reserve fixtures have been switched to the University of Portsmouth’s Furze Lane.

Work will also begin at Fratton Park this month before seeding starts on June 8 – following the Madness concert 36 hours earlier – in time for the Football League kick-off on August 8.

Both pitches were relaid last summer but the club insist they were not advised of any requirement for additional drainage work.

As a result, both playing surfaces have been poor during the campaign, cutting up in adverse weather and prompting plenty of criticism.

Former manager Andy Awford last week labelled the training set-up as ‘not fit for purpose’ following his recent exit from the club.

Now secondary drainage will be introduced into both playing surfaces, in the hope there will be no repeat and the turf at each location will considerably improve.