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STAGS WAIT ON SWANS DATE
4/February/2004 12:07:39

Stags wait on Swans date
CHAD
STAGS and Swansea City are locked in talks over a new date for their Field Mill clash after it fell foul of the wet weather last Saturday.
Stoke referee Phil Dowd called the game off late morning, despite the best attempts of groundsman Rob Sprigg and his staff to dry the surface out.
Dowd and his assistants are pictured, above, discussing the situation with Rob Sprigg and his trusty 'waterhog'.
"Rob and his staff deserve much credit to get the pitch into the way it was at 11.30am," said manager Keith Curle.
"If we could have kicked off there and then the match would have been played. But we knew one more downpour would see it unplayable and the forecast from the Met Office was for heavy rain and showers in the afternoon.
"So the referee took the decision in the interest of the spectators as the game could have turned into a farce and disappointment for everyone."
Unfortunately for Swansea, they had already made the long journey up the night before to stay overnight at a Nottingham hotel.
Mansfield had hoped to play the game next Tuesday but Swansea did not want a midweek game before their FA Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers.


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