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Sittingbourne FC chairman Maurice Dunk says case for more 3G pitches is strong as lower-league clubs continue to struggle with postponements

29 January 2014
by Craig Tucker

Maurice Dunk

Maurice Dunk

Sittingbourne Football Club chairman Maurice Dunk would consider a 3G pitch at Woodstock Park – even though he doesn’t like them.

The postponement of Saturday’s match against Peacehaven left Bourne facing the prospect of going through January without playing a home match.

They had a final chance on Tuesday but the scheduled game against Hythe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Mr Dunk isn’t a fan of 3G pitches but believes they are the way forward for clubs who are losing revenue through postponed fixtures.

He’s interested to see what happens on Wednesday when Conference clubs vote on proposals to accept 3G pitches.

He said: “If it goes through, then clubs like Sittingbourne, Ramsgate, Faversham, Herne Bay and Whitstable – those who would see the Conference as the limit of their ambitions – would have to look at it over the next five to 10 years.

“I’m a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist who wants football played on grass but I think they have to happen. 

"Although I don’t like them, once a competitive game has been played on 3G, like England’s World Cup qualifier in Russia, it blows all arguments against them out of the water.”

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