Added: 22nd March 2019
Turfdry have been delighted to monitor their 2018 pitch improvement project at Hanwell Town FC’s Powerday stadium thanks to the in-depth reporting of the club’s very own ‘man on the touchline’ - Clive Cook - and the wealth of photos shared by the club’s commercial director Nigel Hunt, which are a credit to a club of its size, and further testement to its ambitions for the future. Despite some challenging conditions, the pitch continues to look fantastic - in no small part thanks to the continued efforts of Head Groundsman Tom Duffy, who thanks to his double-duty as first-team centre-back can take pride in knowing it’s quality defending rather than a poor playing surface that stops the opposition from scoring!
Hanwell Town take on Bedfont Sports in their first home game of the season.
The new pitch’s debut was a resounding success, with Hanwell recording a 3-1 victory.
Hanwell Town 1 - Ashford Town 0
Hanwell Town took on Potters Bar Town in the FA Cup 1st qualifying round, securing passage with a 2-1 win.
Chipstead managed to hold Hanwell to a 0-0 draw.
Hanwell Town 0 - Chipstead 0
Hanwell Town’s Harvey Killeen celebrates putting Hanwell Town 1-0 up against Lowestoft Town in the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round.
A hard-fought victory saw Hanwell Town FC progress to the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round for only the second time in its history.
Both the team and the pitch were able to put in a top-class performance against their higher-league opposition.
There was plenty of cause for smiles at the end of the game, despite the heavy rain.
Hanwell’s goalkeeper - Aaron Bufton - can’t hide his delight at how well the the new drainage helped the pitch stand up to the heavy rain (or maybe it had something to do with their dramatic FA cup victory…?)
After the disappointment of their FA Cup exit on penalties, Hanwell Town returned to winning ways with a victory against Ware.
Hanwell Town 3 - Ware 0
Whilst the team’s performance against Uxbridge was below-par, the pitch - thanks to the combined efforts of the Turfdry team and Head Groundsman Tom Duffy - continues to provide a stellar playing surface.
Hanwell Town welcome FC Romania to the Powerday Stadium in January 2019.
Hanwell put in a strong performance to win 6-2
With the pitch still looking in fine shape, Hanwell secured another 3 points with a 4-0 victory.
As the year has worn on, the pitch has worn well - pictured here during Hanwell’s home fixture against Bracknell Town in March 2019.
Hanwell recorded a 2-1 victory against second-placed Bracknell Town.
The success of the project and the enthusiasm of the club caught the eye of the wider media world thanks to a short documentary piece commissioned by the Premier League, with even former local lad Peter Crouch weighing in on the new pitch. Indeed, with word out about the standard of the pitch, it was called upon by Sheffield United for training on their recent trip to the capital for their game against Brentford - a testament to the quality of the playing surface, which has been transformed from a fixture-disrupting bog to a billiard-table sheen thanks to the combined efforts of Turfdry, Benningtons, and the club - as well as the financial contributions from the FSIF, and the technical support offered by the Institute of Groundsmanship.
The first couple days of a huge transformation for the club. A top of the range drainage and irrigation system is being installed. I’ve decided to go with the new Hydraway system installed by Turfdry at 3m centres. A great start by both Turfdry and Sportsturf Irrigation. @HT_FC pic.twitter.com/xipdX6dpPd— Thomas Duffy (@tomduffyy) May 22, 2018
We are very proud to have contributed to the ongoing success of such a dynamic non-league club, and will be supporting them with high hopes for a bright future. For more information about the project, take a look at the case study in our portfolio section.
If your natural turf sport pitches suffer from waterlogging, contact Turfdry today for some no-obligation advice and information - you might be surprised at how affordable a top-class pitch can be.