Astro damage halts Sidmouth matches

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 17 June 2010

DAMAGE caused by a helicopter landing near Sidmouth College s astro-turf pitch led to the postponement of two hockey matches on Saturday.

DAMAGE caused by a helicopter landing near Sidmouth College's astro-turf pitch led to the postponement of two hockey matches on Saturday.

It is believed a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter blew a dugout onto the astro surface while it was landed for the college's careers day last Thursday, October 16.

Sidmouth's firsts and fourths hockey teams were unable to play scheduled matches on the pitch due to the damage.

College head Jeremy Roberts said: "A small part of the surface was lifted but the problem has been repaired very nicely and quickly and the field is perfectly safe. We have been using it for matches this week."

"The careers day was a great opportunity for the year nines and it was very exciting. We had fantastic support.

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