‘Exciting time’ as AFC start work on 3G pitch

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AFC Sudbury will be playing on an artificial surface at The Wardale Williams Stadium next season, with the installation of a 3G pitch set to start on June 1.

Planning permission was granted by Babergh District Council’s planning committee last week, and the club has instructed contractors to start work at the beginning of next month.

AFC director Richard Instance said: “This is a really exciting time for the club.

“The installation of a 3G pitch will not only provide a great playing surface for our teams, but will provide an opportunity for the club to expand its commercial and community activities.”

Construction of the new pitch is expected to take eight to nine weeks, but is weather dependent. The playing surface cannot be laid in wet weather.

The Ryman League had been helpful, Instance said, and will be scheduling AFC to play their opening Division One North match of the season away from home.

The club has worked closely with the league, and other matches may also be played away if there are construction delays.

At present all pre-season games will be away from home, although the club is hopeful that the 3G pitch will be ready in time for the final pre-season friendly to be played on the new surface.

n Former AFC chairman Keith Morris has rejoined the board of directors and will be working closely with sponsorship manager Mike Wade.