WHEN the J Davidson Stadium opens its doors to supporters of Altrincham on Saturday, it will be their first chance to see its new pitch with their own eyes.

The Robins welcome Dover Athletic on Saturday at 3pm after starting the National League season with successive games on the road.

The pitch, which was installed over the summer as soon as last season ended, cost around £180,000.

It is seen as one of the last pieces in the puzzle as Altrincham seek a return to the Football League.

After languishing in the Northern Premier League not so long ago, the club is at the top of the non-league pyramid.

But until now, it did not have the pitch to match its lofty ambitions.

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Drainage has been a significant issue for a long time, with a number of games postponed last season.

The Robins' co-chairman Bill Waterson said: “From concept to completion, the new pitch project has gone superbly.

“We’re particularly grateful to all the fans and sponsors who supported our fundraising initiative that made a significant contribution to a significant cost.”

He added the pitch has shown its worth already, its drainage system coping well with the heavy rain recently.