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Pitch challenge for groundsman Tom
5:26pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
NEW groundsman Tom Allcutt admits he faces a stiff challenge to make sure the playing surface at Aggborough remains in good shape with Harriers and Worcester City playing on it this season.
Tom Allcut spent around 18 months tending to the pitch at St George’s Lane but, following the stadium’s closure, has moved across the county to Kidderminster after being head-hunted by chairman Mark Serrell.
The 19-year-old from Worcester is now the Skrill Premier club’s groundsman, charged with keeping the surface in tip-top shape for both Harriers and their new tenants, who start the Skrill North against Altrincham in Kidderminster on Saturday (3pm ko).
It is proving to be a tough task, not least because Kidderminster have not had a full-time groundsman in recent seasons, but one the teenager is determined to meet.He is also no stranger to having two teams to worry about, having looked after the Lane when Evesham United shared with City.
Allcut said: “I’m used to it because when I was at Worcester we had Evesham so it’s back into a routine for me.
“The only difference is I haven’t got Paul (Humphries) who used to help a lot, although I have got help from an assistant over there who does part-time work.
“We are trying to get back into a routine and put schedules in place because they never really had any before.
“They were just doing what they thought was right but we’ve got to have a routine in place and try and do things properly.
“It’s only just starting to come together. We had the seeding done and four weeks later they played on it which is not ideal because it’s not established, you normally leave it eight weeks.
“That was a setback and we’ve had to have some drainage put in.
“We had some sand slits put in but you can still see the lines.
“They are starting to fill in now but it’s still not where we want it to be.”
While Allcut is happy to be reunited with City, he knows it is Harriers who are calling the shots as landlords.
The youngster said: “I will see old faces from Worcester but Kidderminster is a bigger club — Worcester are looking to survive in Conference North and Kidderminster are looking to go into the Football League.
"It’s a good train to be on.“With the greatest respect to Worcester, it’s Kidderminster’s pitch and if the club want it done in a certain way then it has to be done. “I know what Worcester City expect and I will do my best for both teams.”
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