Springfield Stadium: Jersey boss unconcerned by 3G surface delay

Springfield Stadium's new synthetic pitch
Springfield's new 3G surface has been delayed by bad weather

Jersey boss Jimmy Reilly says the delay in opening the Springfield Stadium will not affect his side's preparation for their opening match against the Navy.

Jersey were due to on the new 3G surface, but the men's game has been moved to nearby St Peter as the new pitch is not ready.

Reilly told BBC Radio Jersey: "It won't really (affect us). It should be ready next week and the facility looks great.

"I'm confident and looking forward to the game. It should be a good one."

Jersey fixtures 2014-15
20 October: at home
22 October: at home
4 January: at home
7 March: Royal Navy
28 March: Alderney away (Muratti Vase semi-final)
4 May: Essex and Suffolk Border League
17 May: Guernsey away (Muratti Vase final, if Jersey beat Alderney)
27 June-3 July: Island Games

The new £700,000 synthetic pitch was part-funded by a grant from the Football Association and was commissioned for this summer's Island Games, which will be held in Jersey.

Springfield was also re-developed for the 1997 Island Games, when Jersey last hosted the event.

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