Swindon Town confirmed as winners of the Grounds Team of the Year award for League Two

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Swindon Town groundsman Marcus Cassidy hopes beneath the surface improvements, as a result of continued investment over the summer, can help improve the club's pitch even further next season.

Swindon Town have been confirmed as winners of the Grounds Team of the Year award for League Two, one place better than last season's efforts that saw Marcus and his army of volunteers earn Highly Commended.

Stonehouse-born Marcus now has his eyes focused on the summer - where he will be working seven days per week to ensure the County Ground's surface is in top condition for Town's pre-season schedule in July.

He said: "To pick up the award is very pleasing. It's not just good for me, but for the club as well."

"It shows the investment that the club has put into the pitch has worked well.

"We haven't got a bottomless pit, so we're trying to improve things little by little - whether that be improving renovation or investing in the machinery. From here, we'll look at what budget we have got for next season and see how we can best spend that money to improve next season."

"Everyone sees the grass on Saturday and thinks it is in that condition all week, it definitely isn't."

"The pitch can look awful in the week - we can pick up different diseases, and the weather has a big say in that."

"It's about getting things just right for Saturday at 3pm."

Marcus's work was put on show to the nation last month when Phil Neville's Lionesses hosted Spain in a pre-World Cup friendly at the County Ground, a game England won 2-1.

"The volunteers are invaluable. They get free entry, but they're out there in the wind, rain and sunshine."

"Also I must mention our apprentice Connor Collins. He's had a very good year - and that's shown in the pitch as well."

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