Bennett insists Weaponess’ 3G surface will maximise potential

Weaponness Valley Road car and coach park, as seen from Olivers Mount. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112067h 20/05/11
Weaponness Valley Road car and coach park, as seen from Olivers Mount. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112067h 20/05/11

Scarborough’s new state of the art sports and leisure village, the construction of which is set to begin in August this year, is to include a football stadium fitted with a Third Generation (3G) synthetic playing surface.

Brian Bennett, the head of Tourism and Culture at Scarborough Borough Council, stated that the Weaponness Valley facility will provide a new home for football in Scarborough, and a synthetic playing surface will be installed in order to maximise its use and potential.

The value of the 3G surface was epitomised as the only local game on at the weekend was Amotherby’s, played on Malton Community Sports Centre’s 3G pitch.

He said: “It will be a community facility, and will be available to more than just one team. We have been in contact with both Scarborough Athletic and Scarborough Town and it would be great to have them both playing football there.”

The only problem with a synthetic playing surface is that the FA does not allow FA Cup matches to be played on them, and there is only so far up the leagues a team can progress before such surfaces are banned in favour of natural pitches.

“We are hoping the FA will change their rule on the matter in the near future, and realise the benefits of 3G pitches,” added Bennett.

On the matter, Scarborough Athletic chairman Dave Holland said: “We need to get back to Scarborough clearly, and the council are our route to do that.

“The projections need to be looking long-term and the pitch has to be sustainable. In the long run of course though, we need to play on a pitch that will allow us to go up through the steps.”

Boro supporter Colin Whelan, 62, said: “At this level, the FA Cup is your chance to make a few bob.

“If you can get to the first round like Totton did a few weeks ago you can stand to make around £60,000.

“A synthetic pitch would be ridiculous.

“The only time I’ve ever seen Scarborough play on a synthetic pitch was when we got hammered at Oldham years ago.”