Peter Varney says 3G pitches encourage a more direct style of play and doesn’t want them in the Football League.

The Ebbsfleet vice-chairman wrote at length about the subject in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s home game against Guiseley. Three of Fleet’s rivals in the National League play on artificial surfaces and have all started the season well.




Mr Varney said: “There is a meeting on Monday with the chairman and CEO of the National League at which the issue of artificial pitches will once again raise its head. At the start of the season Bromley, Maidstone United and Sutton United all gave undertakings that if they were to secure promotion to League 2 this season they would rip up their plastic pitches and lay new grass pitches.

“The fact that all three clubs are now in the top 10 (Maidstone dropped to 11th on Saturday) has led to calls by all three to the EFL to amend their rules, scrap the undertakings given at the beginning of the season and allow teams with artificial pitches to be promoted.

“If any of the clubs were to be promoted to League 2 and refused to lay a new grass pitch they would be automatically relegated to National League South. This was done to avoid clubs giving meaningless commitments.

“I have made my personal views known on artificial pitches on many occasions.”

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