LUTON GAME POSTPONED, NOW MARCH 2nd
Luton game now Tuesday March 2, kick-off 7.45pm --->
Luton game postponed --->
The decision was made this morning after local referee Russell Booth carried out a second pitch inspection. Groundsman Michael Merriman told mansfieldtown.net that "It was a very easy decision for Russell to make. There is probably another five inches of frost below the snow due to below freezing temperatures all this week. The Field Mill playing surface is completely covered under six inches of snow and the surrounding areas of the ground are also unsafe".
Decision on Luton game tomorrow
CHAD.co.uk, 07 January 2010
MANSFIELD Town's home clash with Luton Town on Saturday inevitably remains in doubt with a decision expected tomorrow.
There are still six inches of snow on the pitch - almost twice the depth that had to be cleared off before last season's home clash with York City - and sub-zero temperatures are expected to continue each day.
Local referee Russell Booth took a look at the surface this morning (Thursday) and the club expect to make an announcement first thing tomorrow if there is no chance of play to prevent Luton Town setting off.
But, despite the weather, Stags are still preparing professionally for the game as if it were definitely going ahead.
Manager David Holdsworth and several players have been snowed in at home but are planning to meet up tomorrow for some sort of training session and to focus on Luton.
"I watched Luton at Southampton and they played very well," said Holdsworth earlier in the week.
"I don't think our defeat down there did us any harm. It came quickly after the highs against Crawley and after Luton we went on a wonderful spell.
"Luton have some very good players and will be in the top two or three at the end of the season. So they will be a good yardstick. We are ready for them and looking forward to it."
However, in the current conditions, it is looking increasingly likely the game may be postponed for a second time, leaving Stags without a game for almost three weeks.
It would be moving towards a repeat of last season's 19-day New Year lay-off.
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