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Pitch partners name nine finalists

By David Watters

The ground staff at nine Northern Premier League clubs are getting ready for special ground inspections after being named as finalists in the inaugural GreenFields Pitch of the Year Awards.

Judges from sports turf specialists and official pitch partners GreenFields are looking forward to unveiling the top rated surface in each of the EVO-STIK League's three divisions at this summer's annual end of season awards after visiting the homes of the finalists over the coming weeks.

Hednesford Town, Stourbridge and Whitby Town representing the top flight, Colwyn Bay, Tadcaster Albion and Trafford in EVO-STIK League North and Belper Town, Loughborough Dynamo and Stamford in EVO-STIK League South, could all be heading to Blackpool's Hilton Hotel on Saturday 16 June after the shortlist was announced on Easter Monday.

Due to being published later this week by GreenFields in their latest digital newsletter before their inspectors judge the winners, the nine finalists were unveiled after their fellow clubs were asked to nominate their top three surfaces before a Friday 16 March deadline to enter the competition.

Appointed last summer as the NPL's official pitch partners for the historic 2017-18 50th anniversary campaign, GreenFields will take into account a number of factors including maintenance resources, geographic location, existing irrigation and the amount of pitch usage before choosing the winners.

As well as the honour of being the first recipients of the new accolades since the league teamed up with GreenFields to offer advice on maintaining grass surfaces and surface solutions to meet the growing demand for 3G and hybrid turf pitches, the winners will also be presented with £500 vouchers to redeem against future maintenance materials or services from the EVO-STIK League’s official pitch partners.

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Where next?

Easter Monday's North Division review Hyde United moved level on points with EVO-STIK League North leaders South Shields by beating Tameside neighbours Droylsden 2-1 at Ewen Fields in the only game to survive Bank Holiday Monday's wet weather, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.
Presentation is a true team affair Team Stamford were on duty over Easter to take possession of the club's first Northern Premier League 'Club of the Month' award of the season.

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