INVERKEITHING Hillfield Swifts FC are hoping to be pitch perfect after receiving £1,855 from Fife Council. 

The club, which has a senior team in the East of Scotland League and up to 450 boys and girls playing for their youth sides, is getting the cash from the West Fife Area Common Good Fund. 

It's half of the money they asked for. 

They’ll use it to purchase grass-cutting and maintenance equipment to keep the Ballast Bank pitches in good condition. 

It went through despite a report to the sub-committee stating that local councillors were “not supportive” of the application. 

A report to the common good sub-committee explained: “Hillfield Swifts have a local agreement with Fife Council to maintain Ballast Bank pitches. 

“Due to the football league that Hillfield Swifts are in, the pitches require more maintenance than Fife Council normally provide.”

Last season, the Inverkeithing club played in the amateur ranks but decided, with a number of Fife junior outfits, to apply to join the senior level of Scottish football. 

In the pyramid system they are now in the sixth tier; the fourth tier is Scottish League Two where Cowdenbeath play. 

The Swifts are the main users of Ballast Bank but do not have exclusive use. 

They’re aiming to buy a ride-on lawnmower, aerator, roller and spreader totalling £3,710 and have contributed £500 to the cost after raising the funds at a fun day.