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Yeovil Town to launch 'comprehensive review' of pitch situation

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: July 19, 2012

Richard Hinds

Yeovil Town defender Richard Hinds climbs above two Poole Town opponents on Tuesday as James Hayter and Sam Foley look on. Pictures by Mike Kunz

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Yeovil Town will launch a “comprehensive review” of the clubs pitches following concerns first voiced by manager Gary Johnson last week.

The Glovers have been unable to train at Alvington this summer, using facilities at nearby Sherborne School since returning for pre-season at the start of the month.

Saturday’s friendly against Plymouth Argyle has also been moved to Dorchester Town’s Avenue Stadium home after Huish Park was deemed unfit, with recent heavy rain blamed for delaying work.

Johnson described Alvington as “a very poor piece of ground” and thanked Sherborne for their “unbelievable” hospitality.

The former Bristol City chief who returned to Somerset in January requested an inquiry and appears to have had his request granted.

A statement released by the club this week echoed Johnson’s worry and said director Brian Willis would investigate the situation.

It read: “The club shares Gary Johnson’s concerns about the condition of the pitches at Huish Park and Alvington. A comprehensive review is to be undertaken of the situation by stadium director Brian Willis as soon as possible.

“The club has consistently maintained the view that football pitches in and around Yeovil do not meet local requirements and efforts are being made to eradicate this problem.

“The club is extremely grateful to Sherborne School and all its grounds team for providing excellent facilities for the players to use during this pre-season period.”

The Alvington surface hit headlines earlier this month when the Glovers informed former tenants Westland Sports they wanted sole use of the pitch for training.

A TEAM of former Yeovil Town favourites will lock horns with old rivals Weymouth in a legends match at the Terras’ Bob Lucas on Stadium.

The likes of Terry Cotton, Tony Pounder and Gerry Pearson will feature in the game in memory of Dave Platt and in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice and the Purbeck Isle Memorial Fund.

Ex-Terra and Glovers striker Platt lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma aged 55 in April. Kick off is 2pm.

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