Wells pitch one of best

ANGLIAN COMBINATION: Congratulations to Steve Finch from Wells Town for being highly commended in the finals of the FA National Groundsman of the Year awards in Windsor last week.

Congratulations to Steve Finch from Wells Town for being highly commended in the finals of the FA National Groundsman of the Year awards in Windsor last week.

The judges considered the pitch at Wells to be in the top five in the country at this level. The event was hosted by BBC's Ray Stubbs with guest speaker John Motson.

Also attending was 1974 World Cup final referee Jack Taylor. This is a great achievement for Steve, recognising the hard work that he does caring for the pitch.

Of course being groundman is only part of what he does for the club. Players always enjoy travelling to Wells as the pitch is in such good condition, along with the clubhouse and the good food after the match, a credit to Steve and all those involved at the club.

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