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FOWL PLAY MAY FORCE PORTHMADOG SWITCH
The Traeth
Canada geese have ruined part of the Traeth playing surface [Daily Post].
SAINTS' scheduled visit to Porthmadog on Saturday may be in jeopardy after a gaggle of Canada geese ravaged the Traeth pitch.
Saturday's Port reserve team game with Llangefni Town was postponed after the geese scoured the playing surface in search of food and left the grass torn up over a wide area.
Part of a goalmouth was worst affected with the ground pecked away where the birds - which can have a wingspan of five feet - had dug for worms.
Now ground staff are fighting to repair the pitch in time for Saturday's clash between the unbeaten Porthmadog and Saints.
"Hopefully we will have the pitch ready for Saturday," said the club's general secretary Gerallt Owen. "The groundsman will try to replace the divots.
"We have a mesh to put down over the affected area to try and keep the birds off.
"Unfortunately we cannot cover the whole pitch, but hopefully they will have gone in two weeks," he added.
Canada geese migrate each year to warmer climates and generally return to the same spot, but it is thought the flock which landed at the Traeth may have been blown off course.
A contingency plan if the pitch does not recover would be to switch the game to Treflan.
• The Porthmadog v TNS clash will be the feature game on S4C's Y Clwb Pel-droed on Saturday, transmission time 7.25pm.
18 October 2021
 
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