Harlaw Park hosted the goal-less League Two Play Off Final First Leg on Saturday between Cove Rangers & Cowdenbeath, a fixture that was match number FIFTY EIGHT at the venue since the first pre-season fixture forty five weeks earlier. That’s the equivalent of the famous old ground hosting a match every five and a half days without a break. Indeed the quality & durability of the park is all the more remarkable when you consider that it's been common for games to be played on consecutive days, or in tight bundles to react to re-scheduling needs. Yet again Harlaw Park fixtures have only been postponed due to hard frost, with no matches lost to waterlogging. Little wonder that the Locos' playing surface is consistently marked & recognised as the best non coastal natural surface in the semi-pro game. Groundsman Arthur Robertson & devoted wife Ina put their heart & soul into the maintenance, preparation & presentation of the football park, drawing plaudits from visiting teams, officials & press. Sunday morning saw the grass scalped then Chairman Mike Macaulay on the tractor breaking up the compacted areas of the park, such as the goalmouths, centre spot & touchlines etc. Arthur and Ina Robertson will then oversee all the remedial works required to get the pitch ready for mid July & the first pre-season matches. Although Arthur and Ina do most of the work Mike also gets heavily involved and can bring both his experience and agricultural equipment to aid the cause, often ably assisted by his wife Gill. Sunday mornings across the season have often seen the Locos Committee on the park en masse, repairing the surface like a team from Ground Force! 2017/18 was an SHFL record-breaking season for

 the Locos on the park & indeed for the playing surface itself. 

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