Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has criticised the quality of pitches in League 2.
Due to funding issues, pitches aren’t usually a priority for League 2 teams as they divert their resources into squad building and simply making the sure the pitch can endure rough weather.
However this came to a head for Ainsworth during their trip to Newport County. Their stadium Rodney Parade doesn’t just host the football team but rugby teams Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons which has had a devastating effect on the pitch. For their game against Wycombe, the groundsman was forced to use sand in order to make sure the match was able to go ahead.
This almost went badly when Wycombe’s new signing Rowan Liburd went down with a knee injury after getting his foot stuck in the turf. It luckily wasn’t serious, but shows the effect of a bad pitch.
Talking about the state of pitches, Ainsworth told the Bucks Free Press: “It is tough and the FA keep going on about new pitches and artificial pitches. They are trying to get a standardisation of pitches and we haven’t got a standardisation of a League Two pitch at the moment,”
“It was a horrible pitch and we didn’t get the ball down at all in the first half and tried to bypass the surface by going long.”