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Tonbridge Angels boss Tommy Warrilow backs Maidstone United in 3G pitch battle with Conference

09 January 2014
by Craig Tucker

Tommy Warrilow

Tommy Warrilow

Tonbridge boss Tommy Warrilow is backing Maidstone's bid to get 3G pitches accepted in the Conference.

Stones co-owner Oliver Ash will put his case to Conference clubs at a league meeting this month.

And with Skrill South Angels among many teams hit by postponements, Warrilow has spoken of his support for 3G.

He said: "People need to have a look at Maidstone's pitch before they judge and bang on about the negatives.

"I've taken a team there and if you like to play football, it's ideal.

"I'm sure there'll be a split room when Maidstone make their presentation.

"I understand the traditionalists who think football should be played on grass. I think back to our game against Eastbourne over Christmas.

"The pitch was boggy, there was a bit of dew in the air and a great atmosphere.

"Do you lose a bit of that by playing on 3G? I'm not sure.

"It's nothing like the old plastic pitches at Luton and QPR that I played on. If we were talking about them, I'd say no way.

"If you can play World Cup qualifiers and Champions League matches on 3G, why can't you play a Conference game?

"You also have to look at the revenue side.

"At Tonbridge we're trying to move on and bring in extra revenue but we've hit a wall. If you've got 3G, you can hire it out 24/7."

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