DESPITE a lack of fixture for the men's first team last weekend, it has been another busy week at the club.

On Sunday, the process of removing the pitch began, and the Gods of football, or possibly horticulture, were smiling on us.

The old pitch came up very smoothly and we were able to get our base layer of sand and earth prepared in plenty of time.

Then, earlier this week, the truckloads of refrigerated turf from Holland started rolling up, and in pretty short order the pitch was being relaid. Again, the weather helped us here and ensured as smooth a process as could have been hoped for.

Now Paul Challoner, Iwan Pugh-Jones and recently-arrived apprentice Harry Jones, our indefatigable ground staff, will be working round the clock to help bed the new surface in before our first game back against Torquay United on Saturday October 30.

The decision to replace the pitch was not taken lightly and the process was fraught with potential issues, but thus far it seems to have gone as well as might be expected and the club would like to express our gratitude to Richard Hayden of Hayden Turf Care and all at Talbot Farm Landscapes for their assistance.

Harry is not the only recent addition to the club as we have added two more permanent members of staff in Catherine Williams, our new Ticketing Assistant, and Julie Greenwood, PA to CEO and Executive.

Catherine was with us in the club shop throughout the summer where she proved a popular and unflappable addition and Julie is formerly of the Police, RAF and Brighton and Hove Albion, giving her a very formidable CV!

Interviews for a number of other positions are taking place at the moment, on both the footballing and business sides of the club and we are hoping to appoint some further members of staff in the coming weeks.

People may have seen this week that the club has decided to make its WrexhamPlayer content, on the club's website, free for the rest of the season.

We want as many people as possible to see what's going on at The Racecourse this season and this seemed like a good way to encourage folks to follow the journey.

Anybody who had purchased a subscription will automatically be reimbursed, but we encourage everyone, that hasn't yet, to sign up to the free service to access all the great videos and audio commentary that are available there.

The Mixlr will remain in place for the next couple of games, but then the only place to get club commentary will be on the website.

We are back in action this weekend with a trip to Marine in the FA Cup, a competition with which Wrexham, obviously, has a fantastic history.

Marine had a great run in the cup last year, making it to a third round tie with Tottenham Hotspur. We will be aiming to ensure that history doesn't repeat itself on Saturday as we look to start another famous FA Cup campaign.