Carlisle United hope they have sown the seeds for another award-winning pitch at Brunton Park.

With the Blues' first home pre-season friendly for two years just six weeks away, work has been stepped up on the playing surface.

Carlisle's grounds team - last season named the best in League Two - seeded the pitch on Thursday.

That followed preliminary work after last weekend's UB40 and Olly Murs concerts had left Brunton Park.

The Blues need to have the pitch ready for the friendly against Blackburn on Friday, July 28, with the league campaign getting under way the following weekend.

Stadium manager David Mitchell said: "We have a window of six weeks and one day from it being seeded until the Blackburn game.

"Seven weeks would be an ideal minimum period, so we're working outside the box.

"But if everything goes to plan like last year, we'll get there."

Mitchell said initial work on the pitch started three days later than planned because of heavy rain last week.

United's head groundsman and his team - Paul Butler and Matt Henry - received the EFL League Two grounds team of the year award for 2016/17, pipping Plymouth, Portsmouth and Doncaster.

Manager Keith Curle said the club should be proud of their efforts.