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EFL statement: Sutton United

3 August 2021

The EFL can confirm that Sutton United’s opening two home fixtures of the 2021/22 season have been amended due to a delay in the process to replace their artificial playing surface.

Following adverse weather conditions in recent weeks, the process to install a grass pitch at Gander Green Lane to comply with EFL regulations has been delayed, putting the Club’s ability to host its opening home fixture(s) in doubt.

As a result, the EFL has agreed to allow Sutton’s fixture against Salford City on Saturday 14 August to be reversed and played at the Peninsula Stadium, with the return fixture to take place at Gander Green Lane on Tuesday 8 February.

In addition, the Club’s home fixture against Hartlepool United on Tuesday 17 August will be rescheduled for Tuesday 14 September.

Sutton United’s opening Sky Bet League Two fixture against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 7 August will be played as scheduled at The New Lawn Stadium.

EFL Chief Executive, Trevor Birch said: “Whilst undertaking the necessary changes to comply with EFL regulations, the Club have experienced some unexpected challenges, and as such the League, with the support of Salford and Hartlepool, has agreed to assist in respect of their fixture schedule.

“The Club will be a great addition to the EFL, looking to build on an impressive campaign last time out and we look forward to seeing them host Sky Bet EFL fixtures at Gander Green Lane in the near future.”

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