Digging for victory – County need snow shifters to help get tomorrow's game on

BIG JOB: Newport County need volunteers to help shift this snow from the pitch at Rodney Parade

BIG JOB: Newport County need volunteers to help shift this snow from the pitch at Rodney Parade

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County AFC are calling on fans to help them beat the weather and allow tomorrow's match against Barrow to go ahead as planned.

With the Rodney Parade pitch playable, the club has requested that fans turn up at the ground at 8.30am tomorrow with shovels to help clear the snow off the frost covers. Free hot drinks will be provided.

And with leaders Wrexham and third-placed Grimsby Town having their matches postponed there is added incentive to get the Exiles game on as they would return to the top of the Conference with victory.

Rodney Parade head of operations Mark Jones said: “We can have a real shot if we get enough volunteers. I’ve got a real feeling we can pull it off because we got the covers on straight after the Dragons game on Thursday.

“The pitch is fine, we just need the support of the fans to clear the snow.”

If the match does go ahead it will be billed as the battle between the best attack and the worst defence in the division, but Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh is warning his side not to underestimate Barrow.

Edinburgh’s men have scored 57 goals this term, while the bottom-placed visitors have conceded 49 times, including six on their last away day.

“On paper it’s the best attack in the league against the worst defence but we see all the time that teams in this division don’t follow the script or listen to what they are supposed to do,” said Edinburgh.

“We’ve seen it this week, Luton go to Telford and fire a blank and Cambridge get beaten at home by Nuneaton, two results that weren’t supposed to happen.

“It says a lot about the division, but our record against teams in the lower half is pretty decent, we’ve got the best form at home in the Conference and we need to continue that.

“But we can’t be complacent, the crowd can’t expect us to just turn up and win 6-0, we need to give Barrow respect, they are fighting and scraping like we were last year and that makes them dangerous.

“The big thing for us at home was to shrug off the disappointment of the Forest Green game, we did that against Wrexham and we know that we’ve come off a very inconsistent month in November and a tough Christmas.

“At the moment we’ve picked it up and it’s the time to go on another run, points are vital at this stage.”

Edinburgh is confident of landing a further player in this transfer window, having made clear his desire to sign a central defender, but he’s worried that County have an image problem.

He added: “I’ve said I want a defender, maybe that’s a mistake because I won’t pay over the odds on wages or a transfer fee and we are getting the tag of being a mega-rich club in the media and that makes it that much harder for us to do things.

“We’d love to bring in one more player to give us a final push but, chances are, it’ll go to the last day of the month.”

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5:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

crosskeysgirl18 says...

Get the players and management involved as well. A good handful of volunteering fans wont do the trick. If the game has to go on tomorrow, surely everyone involved should pitch in not just fans?
Get the players and management involved as well. A good handful of volunteering fans wont do the trick. If the game has to go on tomorrow, surely everyone involved should pitch in not just fans? crosskeysgirl18
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5:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

RSATaffy says...

I'm sure that the players will really feel like playing a game of football after shovelling tons of snow of the pitch!!
I'm sure that the players will really feel like playing a game of football after shovelling tons of snow of the pitch!! RSATaffy
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10:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mikewelsh says...

RSATaffy wrote:
I'm sure that the players will really feel like playing a game of football after shovelling tons of snow of the pitch!!
and...... The BARROW Players
[quote][p][bold]RSATaffy[/bold] wrote: I'm sure that the players will really feel like playing a game of football after shovelling tons of snow of the pitch!![/p][/quote]and...... The BARROW Players mikewelsh
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10:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mikewelsh says...

mikewelsh wrote:
RSATaffy wrote:
I'm sure that the players will really feel like playing a game of football after shovelling tons of snow of the pitch!!
and...... The BARROW Players
Wheel BARROW Players
[quote][p][bold]mikewelsh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RSATaffy[/bold] wrote: I'm sure that the players will really feel like playing a game of football after shovelling tons of snow of the pitch!![/p][/quote]and...... The BARROW Players[/p][/quote]Wheel BARROW Players mikewelsh
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11:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13

webb89 says...

It will be a waste of time clearing the pitch, has they are only going to lose anyway, they have lost 7 times already. from GYPSY BOY
It will be a waste of time clearing the pitch, has they are only going to lose anyway, they have lost 7 times already. from GYPSY BOY webb89
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7:18am Sat 19 Jan 13

county1 says...

you may get the pitch ready.but i for one cannot get my car out to ge there
snowed in,
you may get the pitch ready.but i for one cannot get my car out to ge there snowed in, county1
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7:40am Sat 19 Jan 13

RSATaffy says...

I would try to send some sun but it's raining here today as well. A lot warmer though at around 26 degrees. Sorry!!
Do you think webb89 is a Dragons supporter, as he seems to be able to count defeats!
I would try to send some sun but it's raining here today as well. A lot warmer though at around 26 degrees. Sorry!! Do you think webb89 is a Dragons supporter, as he seems to be able to count defeats! RSATaffy
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11:28am Sat 19 Jan 13

county mad says...

Webb89 is a troll let's hope he gets snowed in under his bridge ! UP THE COUNTY!!!!!
Webb89 is a troll let's hope he gets snowed in under his bridge ! UP THE COUNTY!!!!! county mad
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