Stafford Rangers boss Greg Clowes blasts state of pitch

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Stafford Rangers manager Greg Clowes insists the Marston Road pitch is hindering their chances of progressing.

Clowes vented his anger at the state of the surface after their 2-1 home defeat to Rushall Olympic.

“You cannot play football on that pitch, no matter what level of player you are,” he said.

“I hope the club will sort it out next year because it just isn’t good enough.

“The fans will be happy because they are getting value for money but from a manager’s point of view it’s very poor indeed.”

Clowes believes the pitch is affecting the team’s style of play and the outcome of certain results.

“We need to be playing on a better surface than that, there’s just no free flowing football at Marston Road at the moment,” he added.

“To be where we want to be, we need to strive to have a higher standard of pitch.”

However, Clowes says Stafford’s defending must improve if they are to climb the Evo-Stik Premier League table.

“We carried on from where we left off on Saturday in terms of defending.

“Obeng has got in behind us twice from balls over the top and you just can’t do that.

“We found ourselves 2-0 down after just six minutes and obviously it’s going to be difficult.

“When you give a team a two-goal start at any level of football, then you’ve got a mountain to climb.”

Nevertheless Clowes was pleased with his side’s performance from then on and felt that they deserved more in the game.

“We were pleased with the goal before half-time as it gave us a real chance of getting something.

“After changing to 3-5-2, we improved massively, and I thought we absolutely battered them second half.

“It was an accumulation of poor finishing, really good goalkeeping and the lack of a little bit of luck.

“On another day we could have easily come away with three points.”

Stafford travel to face league leaders North Ferriby United at the weekend, with Clowes demanding an improvement.

“North Ferriby are top of the league for a reason, they don’t make mistakes. They do the right things week in week out.

“We will have to defend a lot better on Saturday if we are to compete.”

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