Government: 'Springfield will be finished before FA deadline'

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WORK to improve Springfield Stadium will be completed before an England FA deadline of 31 March, according to Government of Jersey officials.

The ground had initially been expected to close on 14 February, but rescheduling has meant the pitch will still be in use early next month.

Under the original plans, Jersey Bulls would have lost four home ties. Instead, their games against Balham on 26 February and Raynes Park on 5 March can go ahead as scheduled.

The U18 Muratti has, however, been moved, with Jersey now set to host Guernsey at St Peter FC on Sunday 6 March.

A Government of Jersey spokesperson said: ‘Now that the works to improve the spectator experience at Springfield have commenced, and delivery dates of key materials are known, it has been possible for the Government of Jersey to maintain play on the pitch for an additional week.

‘The contractor will continue enabling works external to existing fences until Sunday 6 March, after which the existing fences will be removed and new fencing and standing areas installed.

‘This sequencing change does not impact the completion date for the works. As well as allowing all users an additional week of play, the Jersey Bulls game on 5 March can go ahead as planned.’

The project must be completed by 31 March so that England FA executives can sign it off. The Bulls will not be eligible for promotion without the improvements.

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