3G The Future For Cannons?

1st Team Manager - Tim Dixon
1st Team Manager - Tim Dixon

Following the postponement of Saturday's much anticipated clash with local rivals, Whitstable Town, Tim Dixon has been speaking with Steve Tervet of www.kentonline.co.uk, about the possibility of an artificial 3G playing surface being laid at Reachfields. 

Following a weekend when bad weather wiped out most of the football in Kent, there has been more debate about the benefits and downfalls of playing on 3G.

With the recent bad weather, the lads took part in a session at Cascades Leisure Centre in Gravesend, instead of the scheduled game with the Oysterboys. 

Talking on the debate that is splitting the football community in two, Tim said - "You can’t beat grass, that’s what makes a game of football interesting, different conditions and different scenarios."

"But we’d love to have a 3G pitch at Hythe, it would take the club forward. What we haven’t got is an under 21 side and we’d like to have a disability team and a ladies team. We want our Under 18s and Under 16s playing on our pitch on a Sunday. You can’t do that without having the facilities."

"If someone came along with a big wad of money, we would make it work. It’s about the bigger picture. You’ve got to look at the whole club. A lot of people are very blinkered but although the first team is the most important thing, it’s about the community and more people around the area using your ground."

Tim concluded - "You’ve got to have the infrastructure to be able to use the pitch and with the Hythe Stars & Stripes set-up, I’m sure it would be packed out."

The Cannons hope to be back in action with a trip to Three Bridges at the weekend, but like most Ryman South clubs, our next opponents have already experienced a couple of postponements in the last few weeks. 

We go into Saturday's game on a run of only one defeat in seven, that has coincided with the welcome return of three of the club's key players when we pulled clear of the relegation zone this time last season, those being Shaun Welford, Louis Sprosen and Sam Bewick.

However, those who like to look into the near past and future are suggesting that we will need to secure at least another twelve points from the remaining twelve games of what has been a tough season, four wins would certainly be more preferable than twelve draws!

Of course, all of that depends on how results pan out for the other sides around us in the table, and that target may prove to be too low or too high as the next few weeks progress.

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Originally Published - 25/02/15