Posted: 06.06.19 at 09:35 by The Editor
Barry Town United announced today that they will be will not be playing at the teams Jenner Park pitch for the Europa League home game.
The pitch failed the FIFA Pro test required to play in Europe. In order to pass the test a ball must roll a maximum of 10m but the pitch consistently rolled at 10.8m. This was despite recent maintenance and expert support from a number of specialist agencies.
The club noted the hard work carried out by club volunteers, the Vale of Glamorgan council and the FAW the stadium. After a few alteration the Jenner pitch had passed the UEFA stadium inspection. If it had gone on to pass the retest then the game would have been played at the Jenner Park.
The home fixture will now be played at Leckwith Stadium with details of tickets and travel announced following the draw on June 11th.
Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented: “Naturally we are all disappointed with this news but have quickly had to come to terms with it and we move on with our planning.
''The pitch has become a victim of its own success, without it our club would not have close to 600 playing members and not be providing fantastic opportunities to children and adults of all abilities and ages; also the local community would not have benefited from it in the way they have.
''However this usage has resulted in the pitch standard not being at the necessary grade for European football. Of course it hurts all associated with the club, but we know we will take a huge following to Leckwith stadium, as this is a game thats been 15 years in the making.”