Manager Mark Cooper has admitted he is “very concerned” about the state of the Huish Park pitch admitting that “a basic renovation” of the surface in the summer is starting to cost them.

With today’s match against Braintree Town being the 12th of the club’s opening 17 fixtures played at home and the recent wet weather, the pitch is starting to show signs of wear and tear.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Jack Killah on Friday, Cooper said was asked if he was concerned about the surface, he replied: “Very concerned, but we have a good groundsman. When Martin (Hellier, the club owner) took over in the summer, the pitch renovation had just happened before he took over, so there was no money (to do the work) and we did a really basic pitch renovation.

That means this year our pitch is not going to be as good as we would like it. We have issues underneath with the drainage and you can see it is coming out with big divots.

We just need to be lucky with the weather and get through these next two games and then we have a bit of a breather.

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