County battling to get New Year's Day game on

WATERLOGGED: The pitch at Rodney Parade on Monday morning

WATERLOGGED: The pitch at Rodney Parade on Monday morning

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NEWPORT County AFC say they will do all they can to ensure that Wednesday's League Two clash with Oxford United at Rodney Parade goes ahead as planned.

The New Year's Day match (kick-off 3pm) is in doubt, however, after heavy rainfall in the past few days and with more forecast to arrive over the next few days.

Head of Operations at Rodney Parade Mark Jones has posted a picture of the pitch showing puddles in several areas.

But County chief executive Dave Boddy is hopeful that the match can go ahead, particularly after the home clash with AFC Wimbledon was postponed on December 21.

County have not had a home league clash since the 3-2 win over Chesterfield on December 1.

"It's too early to speculate but we are doing all we can," said Boddy.

"We are doing a lot of work on the pitch and we will move heaven and earth to get the game on."

County have borrowed six water hog machines from the Celtic Manor and will continue to work on the pitch over the next few days.

"The groundsmen have been working on it all day and it has improved dramatically," added Boddy.

"We are still hopeful that the game will go ahead and will make another assessment tomorrow."

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11:40am Mon 30 Dec 13

DOWNTHEPIT says...

Time to put a 3g pitch down like cardiff....you can play soccer at 3 pm then change the posts + play rugby at 7.30
Time to put a 3g pitch down like cardiff....you can play soccer at 3 pm then change the posts + play rugby at 7.30 DOWNTHEPIT
  • Score: 5

3:28pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Frankfurt says...

Pity they didn't put as much effort into the Wimbledon game. That could have been played by all accounts. But the pitch in the picture is clearly heavily water-logged and unplayable.
Pity they didn't put as much effort into the Wimbledon game. That could have been played by all accounts. But the pitch in the picture is clearly heavily water-logged and unplayable. Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

DDDog1 says...

DOWNTHEPIT wrote:
Time to put a 3g pitch down like cardiff....you can play soccer at 3 pm then change the posts + play rugby at 7.30
You can't play higher than southern league with a plastic pitch,football league doesn't allow them,i didn't see anybody at all on the pitch when i was over RP at twelve today,rugby post still up and big puddle in north side goal mouth
[quote][p][bold]DOWNTHEPIT[/bold] wrote: Time to put a 3g pitch down like cardiff....you can play soccer at 3 pm then change the posts + play rugby at 7.30[/p][/quote]You can't play higher than southern league with a plastic pitch,football league doesn't allow them,i didn't see anybody at all on the pitch when i was over RP at twelve today,rugby post still up and big puddle in north side goal mouth DDDog1
  • Score: -3

4:51pm Mon 30 Dec 13

hazellboy says...

no way this match will be played. heavy rain forecast over the next couple of days, county fans can always come to Cardiff to support the Newport dragons, see you there!
no way this match will be played. heavy rain forecast over the next couple of days, county fans can always come to Cardiff to support the Newport dragons, see you there! hazellboy
  • Score: 3

6:15pm Mon 30 Dec 13

LENNY100 says...

JUST HEARD THAT JUSTIN IS OFF TO MILLWALL, ODDS SLASHED FROM 33/1 TO 6/1, HOPE HE STAYS AND SEES US UP INTO LEAGUE 1...PLEASE STAY JUSTIN AND JIMMY..
JUST HEARD THAT JUSTIN IS OFF TO MILLWALL, ODDS SLASHED FROM 33/1 TO 6/1, HOPE HE STAYS AND SEES US UP INTO LEAGUE 1...PLEASE STAY JUSTIN AND JIMMY.. LENNY100
  • Score: -2

6:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

You could no make it up could you, why they only done half the pitch in close season is bad enough, but the North end was the worse end and they done the other end first, I can see the fixture pile up coming, the same as last season it's going to be chaos in the next few weeks, and another thing we keep buying our tickets in advance and we can't get our money back until the game is rearranged. Could end up with a fistful of tickets if you are no careful.I for one will not buy anymore tickets in advance because I cannot afford to be out of pocket for weeks at a time.And while I am on my soapbox if you have an iPad you cannot subscribe to Exile Player because iPad does not support Adobe Flash Player, along with the pitch, the new website, and the non Exile Player this admin side of the club is turning into a right shambles, thank God we have a great manager and team.
You could no make it up could you, why they only done half the pitch in close season is bad enough, but the North end was the worse end and they done the other end first, I can see the fixture pile up coming, the same as last season it's going to be chaos in the next few weeks, and another thing we keep buying our tickets in advance and we can't get our money back until the game is rearranged. Could end up with a fistful of tickets if you are no careful.I for one will not buy anymore tickets in advance because I cannot afford to be out of pocket for weeks at a time.And while I am on my soapbox if you have an iPad you cannot subscribe to Exile Player because iPad does not support Adobe Flash Player, along with the pitch, the new website, and the non Exile Player this admin side of the club is turning into a right shambles, thank God we have a great manager and team. sooty001
  • Score: -1

8:01pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Frankfurt says...

DDDog1 wrote:
DOWNTHEPIT wrote:
Time to put a 3g pitch down like cardiff....you can play soccer at 3 pm then change the posts + play rugby at 7.30
You can't play higher than southern league with a plastic pitch,football league doesn't allow them,i didn't see anybody at all on the pitch when i was over RP at twelve today,rugby post still up and big puddle in north side goal mouth
No thanks. Think I'll wash my hair instead.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DOWNTHEPIT[/bold] wrote: Time to put a 3g pitch down like cardiff....you can play soccer at 3 pm then change the posts + play rugby at 7.30[/p][/quote]You can't play higher than southern league with a plastic pitch,football league doesn't allow them,i didn't see anybody at all on the pitch when i was over RP at twelve today,rugby post still up and big puddle in north side goal mouth[/p][/quote]No thanks. Think I'll wash my hair instead. Frankfurt
  • Score: -1

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