Roll On Summer

16 February 2011 06:56
St Johnstone's groundsman need some help in the form of decent weather to allow his pitch to recover St Johnstone have been plagued by postponements this season and need some good weather to help with the repairs to the McDiarmid Park pitch. The Perth club's chairman Geoff Brown says the ground is "acting like a sponge". The latest game to fall by the wayside was Saturday's league game with Aberdeen, while the playing surface has been criticised in the past by Saints manager Derek McInnes and his players and visitors alike. Brown reiterated the reasons for Saints' pitch problems will not be fully uncovered until the summer. He said: "The postponements we have had over the winter - not all of them down to the condition of the playing surface - will have cost us a six-figure sum of money. The situation is wearing for everyone involved with the club who have to deal with the fall-out from these postponements and I particularly feel for head groundsman Chris Smith. The guy did everything he could to get that game on and is totally blameless. The problem areas had been made playable, the covers were down and no rain got onto the pitch. But water already in the ground just isn't draining away and it's acting like a sponge. We could do with the man above bringing us some better weather to let the pitch dry out." St Johnstone's next scheduled home game, against Dundee United, is scheduled to take place on 22 February. Editor Ger Harley (ger@scottishfitba net)Admin Team (admin@scottishfitba net)This is Scottish-Fitba Net