Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is delighted with the news that the Football Conference will allow 3G pitches from the 2015-16 campaign.
The gate seemed to be slammed shut on ambitions Boro, but now they could progress beyond the Evo-Stik League as and when they make the move to their proposed new Weaponness base.
Funk said: “This was the only way forward for non-league football, it is the right decision from the Conference - the only decision.
“In non-league football and right the way up to League One, every team has been hit by the bad conditions when everything comes to a standstill. That isn’t good enough.
“If you build a stadium now it has to have a 3G pitch, there is no other option.
“It allows you to play when you want and that will be exactly how it will be when we move to Weaponness.
“It amazes me when players train on 3G all week and then complain if they have to play a game on it at the weekend.
“If I found any of my players doing that then I would definitely hand them a hefty fine.”
The Conference’s decision certainly begs the question about if and when Boro’s new base will be ready.
Funk is still confident that Boro’s move from Bridlington and into town is still on track.
He added: “Everything is on track and progressing. There is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes that will soon come to fruition.”