Cambridge FC volunteers overcame a series of obstacles this week to enable this weekend’s senior matches to go ahead.
The weather leading up to the weekend was particularly unkind and left the southern ends of pitches 1 and 2 underwater.
The rain throughout the week meant mowers could not get onto all our pitches, and the water was washing away pitch markings at our junior and senior fields.
To complicate matters, both our club’s two linemarking machines chose this week to break down.
With regular linemarker Graham Clark overseas and facilities manager Craig Clark on a much-deserved holiday, grounds manager Harry Bomans took charge and got one of them fixed in time for the weekend.
Our back-up linemarker, Zach Clarke, was ill with a chest infection so Harry and Andre Potkamp mixed a tub of white paint and spent Saturday morning restoring markings.
Overnight, our luck started to change. The rain eased, a gentle breeze started to dry and rainwater began to drain.
Craig Clark, back from his holiday, was at the club from 7am, cleaning, repairing, getting everything ready for match day.
At 7.30am, a referee’s representative carried out a pitch inspection and ruled that pitch 1 was playable for our Lotto NRFL first team fixture but the reserves match would need to transfer from a sodden pitch 2 to the pitch at our neighbours, the Cambridge Harriers and Athletics Club.
Despite the weather, and its complications, the show must go on …
Our club thanks all those volunteers who helped make Saturdays games possible, and we thank the Cambridge Harriers and Athletics Club for again providing us with an extra pitch for times like this.
Main photo: Harry Bomans marks pitch 4 so the D1’s game against Waikato Unicol can go ahead.