Two weeks after the JobServe Community Stadium pitch was re-seeded, a good growth of new grass is now visible.
New channels were dug into the existing drainage network immediately after the pitch hires finished at the end of May, and over 100 tonnes of sand was then spread across the playing surface.
New seed went down two weeks ago, and this week, a mini-milestone was reached as David Blacknall prepares the surface for the new season.
The U's Head Groundsman told the official website: "Once it's seeded, I'm always looking at when I can first start cutting."
"The seed has taken very well this year and less than a fortnight after reseeding, the mowers have been on it this week."
Whilst the temperatures have been kind for the growth, David admitted that the pitch has needed a lot of watering.
"The sunlight and the temperatures have been really helpful, but I can't say the same for the rainfall we've had.
"Using the sprinklers can be a good thing though, we can measure exactly how much water goes on and gauge things as we go along."