BOSS Graham Kemp hopes players will be attracted to Hamworthy United off the back of work carried out on the pitch and beyond during the summer.

Having claimed in April that local clubs were not an attractive proposition for Wessex League players, Kemp was pleased that United had improved their facilities.

More than 60 tons of topsoil has transformed the County Ground surface, while a big screen has been installed in the bar.

Kemp told the Daily Echo: “Like I said at the end of last season, none of the local clubs have a great setup for the Wessex League, so we’ve made a conscious effort to make the whole setup at Hamworthy better.

“We’ve spent a lot of money on the pitch and a lot of work has been done round the outskirts of the playing surface to make it a more attractive place to play.

“The players saw it and they couldn’t believe the difference between half way through last season and now. I think that will make my job a lot easier.

"I had a wishlist of changes that I went to the committee with and they gave me everything they could, so fair play to them.

“I’m not saying we’ve got everything – it’s not the finished article – but they’ve made a real effort and especially John Macey, who has been there six hours a day, seven days a week, sorting it all out.”