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Pitch causes Gateshead fixture headache

Gateshead Chairman Graham Wood says the recent match postponements at the International Stadium have been caused by a new playing surface.

The pitch was upgraded last summer but it has not coped with the recent rainfall which has hit the North East. Wood told the club's official website:

"The new turf and the preparation immediately below is currently acting as a cap which is slowing the flow rate of rain water to the drains.

"This together with the recent record levels of rainfall has led to the pitch remaining waterlogged beyond normal time spans.

"A remedial programme to maximise the condition of the playing surface for the remainder of the current season will commence following Saturday's match with Barrow, weather permitting."

– Graham Wood, Gateshead FC Chairman

Tonight's postponed game against Grimsby is the fifth home match to have been affected since the start of December.

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