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Wrexham FC boss has no grounds for concern

24 June 2013

Richard Williams - Evening Leader By Richard Williams - The Leader

Andy MorrellPlayer-boss Andy Morrell has welcomed Glyndwr University’s decision to carry out much needed work on The Racecourse pitch.

Morrell was unhappy with the poor condition of the playing surface last season despite Wrexham reaching the play-offs, where they were beaten in the final by Newport County at Wembley, and he raised his concerns in a meeting with professor Mike Scott, the university’s vice-chancellor.

Glyndwr recently announced they were applying for funding to renovate the pitch, with extensive work planned for after the 2013-14 campaign has finished, but the process of improving the playing surface has already begun.

About 90 tonnes of top dressing have been applied to even out the surface so it is less bobbly and the pitch has also been re-seeded, while more work is planned for September ahead of the more brutal winter months.

And Morrell believes it will all help boost Wrexham’s prospects as they bid to mount another promotion bid next season.

“We had a good meeting with the professor as well as the stadium manager and we put over what we really need if we are going to progress,” said Morrell.

“The pitch wasn’t great at the end of the season but there are financial restraints on all of us and it was how we can get the best pitch possible with the resources we have got.

“We have been able to get a bit of work done on it the best we can.

“You have to try and utilise everybody I suppose and try and get the equipment as cheap as possible; by doing that we can get the right work done on the pitch and we are going to get water on it which is massively helpful.”

Morrell added: “I think it showed last season when we had a good pitch and a bit of slick on it that our results are good. That is what we are looking for and the university have been more than actively trying to help us with that.

“Rather than ripping up the pitch and starting again for £1million which nobody has got, we are doing as much as we can with what we have got to make it as good as we can and that comes from both sides.”

But Morrell believes the university will reap the rewards from having a pitch in excellent condition and will be able to attract high profile matches to The Racecourse.

“They played the Welsh Cup final here, I would have thought the players came and looked at the pitch and went ‘ours is better’ so it is important that doesn’t happen for the university because people won’t put games there,” said Morrell.

“That’s why we need to do what we can with the resources that we have got to make it as good as we can do.

“The council have been great, the university have been great with trying to push it and do it, hopefully we will see the benefits of that next season.”

Wrexham return for pre-season training at the start of next month and will begin their build-up to the new campaign with a friendly against Championship side Blackburn Rovers at The Racecourse on Saturday July 6.

Other pre-season fixtures against Wolves, Tranmere Rovers, Altrincham, Colwyn Bay, gap Connah’s Quay and Airbus are included in the programme as well as two games against Scottish opponents during a four-team tournament in Gretna, and Morrell believes it is a good blend.

“I think we have got a really good selection of games this year,” said Morrell. “Maybe the Blackburn one is a little bit early after we come back but I thought it was worth taking.

“We have got a really good mix of Welsh Premier League teams, Scottish sides, the league below us and the Football League.

“I am looking forward to it, I have got one week until pre-season now and should be resting up but I am itching to get back in and start training.”


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