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WEATHER HOLDS UP STAGS TRAINING
4th July 2007 14:23


WEATHER HOLDS UP STAGS' TRAINING
Evening Post, 04 July 2007

Mansfield will have to wait for up to six weeks to use the full-size pitches at the new John Fretwell Sports Complex because of recent wet weather.

The Stags players report back tomorrow and boss Billy Dearden had hoped to begin using the pitches soon after.

But he has been forced to alter his short-term plans because contractors have been delayed in their preparations.

Workmen have been sand-slitting the pitches to help with drainage, but progress has been slowed by continuous heavy rain.

"I still intend to take the lads up there and show them around so they know what to expect when we do get going there," said Dearden.

"I think they will be pleased with what they see because it is a vast improvement on what was on offer last season.

"It is not such a problem at this point because a lot of the early work we will be doing at first will be on running and fitness."

The complex is run by the Warsop Sporting Trust whose commercial director, Darren Bicknell, said: "Mansfield are still welcome to come up and use the facilities, including the junior pitches, and we will try to work around them.

"Unfortunately, the main pitches are not going to be ready for another four to six weeks because the rain has delayed work on them."

 

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