0 Sleepless nights for Torquay United groundsman as heatwave hosepipe ban looms

There's one worried man at Torquay United - and it's not manager Gary Johnson because his injury-hit forward line couldn't hit the net against Oldham Athletic this weekend.

Julian Gouldthorpe, Torquay United groundsman.

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Plainmoor groundsman Julian Gouldthorpe is rightly proud of the reseeded pitch he's produced for the new season, but the heatwave - or the growing prospect of a hosepipe ban - is giving him sleepless nights.

"There doesn't seem to be an end to this weather at the moment - and it's getting hotter," said Gouldthorpe. We don't know what South West Water will say if this carries on, but a ban does hold fears for us."

United will carry on watering, at Plainmoor and at their training ground near Newton Abbot, until they're told otherwise.

Gouldthorpe added: "People say this weather is lovely, but come and work in it. I feel sorry for all the people like council workers in their yellow jackets - they must be baking."

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