House developers Persimmon Homes has come to the rescue of ambitious Brighouse Town Football Club.
Just when it was looking as though Town’s efforts to upgrade their ground in the event of possible promotion were about to come to nothing, Persimmon has stepped in to donate 60 tonnes of top soil.
The Football Association’s ground grading representatives visited their Dual Seal Stadium on St Giles Road, Hove Edge, last Wednesday and pointed out they were not happy with a hardcore banking on the south side of the ground.
All the other work they had carried out to gain an E certificate from their current F for NCEL League football appeared to be fine. So football coaches turned ground works managers for the upgrading project, Darren Laycock and Barry Thomas, went across the road to see Persimmon’s site manager Neil Bisatt.
The company, currently building 147 homes on a site to the north side of St Giles Road, had no hesitation in delivering the soil across the road and dumping it over a 110-yard length of banking.
“I cannot praise Neil and his managing director, Wayne Gradwell enough,” said Mr Laycock. “The dumper truck drivers were great and had the job done in good time and we have taken pictures and sent them with a covering letter to the FA to show we have carried out the work.
“The snow drifting there held us up but it’s all done now and its fingers crossed we can move up to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League should we end up top of the NCEL Premier League.
“Persimmon has also promised us some more top soil for another area of the ground and we will then grass them to smarten up the whole appearance.
“All the other work we had to do including two new turnstiles has been done and we can now handle an expected crowd in the region of 750-1000 on Saturday for the visit of league leaders Scarborough Athletic.
The former Football League club is expected to bring upwards of 300 fans and Sergeant Dean Maddocks from teh Lower Valley neighourhood policing team is asking supporters to park sensibly in the area. The police, according to club chairman Ray McLaughlin, will not take kindly to double parking on the narrow St Giles Road.
Second-placed Town have two games in hand on Scarborough and are six points behind, so as the old adage goes in football, their destiny is well and truly in their hands over the next five games.
Mr McLaughlin added: “We are opening the ground at 1pm and will have the bar open and also a barbecue going and hope the sporting public of Brighouse really back us on this one.”