West out to Burn rugby bubble

West Hartlepool v Rossendale.
West Hartlepool v Rossendale.

TIM Sawyer was today looking to see West Hartlepool burst the Burnage bubble – even though they are entering new territory in more ways than one.

West are making their first visit to the Stockport club, as well as making their debut on an artificial surface.

Burnage, promoted via the play-offs last season and one of only two teams with a 100 per cent record this term, play on an all-weather pitch at Varley Park.

It is not like the old astroturf football pitches of the last century when QPR, Luton, Preston and Oldham led what many felt would be a plastic revolution.

Burnage boast a state-of-the-art “3G”pitch which has artificial grass and can be scrummaged on.

West have practised on the same sort of surface this week and Sawyer is hopeful West can make an impact on it tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

“I don’t think any or many of the lads have played on artificial grass before,” said Sawyer.

“We’ve trained regularly on an astroturf pitch before, but that is something totally different to this.

“We’ve got an idea of what to expect after training on it on Tuesday, but playing a full-on, intense game is a lot different from a training run.

“It’s supposed to be quite a springy surface but I believe it’s a good pitch for playing running rugby on.”

Gareth Foreman is a doubt for West.

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