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Training pitches host emphatic win

Posted: Tue 12 Nov 2013
Author: afcb.co.uk

Richmond Park Con ran out 6-1 winners over Westover Bournemouth.

Image by: Steve Harris

The first public game on AFC Bournemouth's Kings Park training pitch took place this weekend before a number of spectators in the autumn sun.

Richmond Park Con ran out 6-1 winners over Westover Bournemouth in the fourth round of the MA Hart Pickford Cup, with Steve Haime and Mark Pudney bagging a brace each. 

Goals from Sam Cummings and Steve Flynn completed the rout and, in a weekend that saw over half of the Bournemouth FA's fixtures postponed due to waterlogged pitches, Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn was delighted that the club could host the game.

"We have been working hard to get the training pitches to a stage where they could handle the wear and tear of regular competitive football matches and I am pleased that we have now reached that point," he told afcb.co.uk.

"The training pitches are some of the best surfaces in the whole of Dorset and it is fantastic to see them being used to their full potential.

"The area around the stadium is now something to be proud of, and we have certainly come a long way since the derelict concrete pitch and dustbowl to the south of the stadium just over a year ago."

The training pitches were opened in August 2012 by former Cherries boss Harry Redknapp and provided the perfect base for Eddie Howe's men to prepare for matches during last season's promotion to the SkyBet Championship.

A number of conditions were agreed with Bournemouth Council in advance of planning permission, one of which was use of the pitches for one competitive public fixture a week.

Parks development manager Michael Rowland said before the game, “We have been consulting with the football club and Bournemouth Football Association to get to this point where the first public match can be played. 

"We have had to be patient to allow the grass to settle and bed in but I am pleased to say that it is now ready. These are top quality pitches and it is fantastic news that it can now host a public match.”