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Welling United manager Jamie Day backs Maidstone United's bid to have their 3G pitch accepted by the Football Conference

21 January 2014
by Steve Tervet

Welling United playermanager Jamie Day (Pic Andy Payton)

Jamie Day (Picture: Andy Payton)

Welling United player/manager Jamie Day has backed Maidstone United's quest to play Conference football on their 3G pitch at the Gallagher Stadium.

As things stand, the Stones would be denied promotion to Skrill South if they were to win the Ryman League Premier Division this season.

But the Conference clubs will consider changing that rule at an extraordinary general meeting next week.

Day, whose Welling side play in Skrill Premier, said: "For me, 3G is the way forward, especially for non-league clubs. A lot of clubs are relying on gate money and with games being called off, like ours on New Year’s Day (against Dartford), we probably would have got 2,500 and it was nowhere near that (1,336 when the game was played on January 10).

"We train on 3G, a lot of teams train on it now, so I don’t see it being a problem. If you’re going to let it happen at the highest level, in the Champions League, I don’t see why it can’t happen at this level.

"If everyone’s sensible with it, you can hire it out in the evenings and it generates a lot of money for clubs that have got it. Obviously, you’ve got to have the money to get it in the first place, but they’ve got it (Maidstone) and I’m all for it."

Day's comments come after Tonbridge Angels boss Tommy Warrilow lent his support to Maidstone's cause when he described the Gallagher playing surface as "ideal".

Day added: "We want as many local teams as we can playing in as high a tier as possible. We’ve got to worry about ourselves but at the same time, we want good, local clubs progressing.

"Maidstone have got a good young manager there (Jay Saunders) who hopefully will take them further and hopefully we can all be in the Conference."

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