County v Kidderminster postponed

NEWPORT County's Conference National clash at home to Kidderminster Harriers today is off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Exiles had already seen Tuesday's home clash with Braintree fall foul of the weather and downpours on Friday and Saturday morning scuppered efforts to get today's match on.

County announced a pitch inspection for Rodney Parade but there was no rescuing the contest.

Groundsman Mark Jones posted pictures of the waterlogged surface on Twitter and wrote the following. "@Newport County does it ever stop raining? Ground staff worked like Trojans all week and it's just filled up before our eyes, #saturated."

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10:02am Sat 2 Feb 13

llandaff says...

Disappointing but all is not lost! Amazingly County will still be in the top 4 after today's other matches! Of course I would like us to win the league. But I think that all things considered it is looking increasingly likely that the more realisitic target should now be a place in the play-offs, which I still think we are good enough to win! Please let it stop raining and allow us to play!
Disappointing but all is not lost! Amazingly County will still be in the top 4 after today's other matches! Of course I would like us to win the league. But I think that all things considered it is looking increasingly likely that the more realisitic target should now be a place in the play-offs, which I still think we are good enough to win! Please let it stop raining and allow us to play! llandaff

10:58am Sat 2 Feb 13

RSATaffy says...

Postponed matches are frustrating but on the bright side it gives O'connor and Porter a chance to recover. It also gives the new players a chance to get into the swing of things. Not all bad news, but it could lead to a log jam of fixtures at the end of the season.
Postponed matches are frustrating but on the bright side it gives O'connor and Porter a chance to recover. It also gives the new players a chance to get into the swing of things. Not all bad news, but it could lead to a log jam of fixtures at the end of the season. RSATaffy

11:05am Sat 2 Feb 13

the dork says...

sad
sad the dork

11:13am Sat 2 Feb 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

can we still use SPYTTY PARK if the pitch is playable?
can we still use SPYTTY PARK if the pitch is playable? COUNTYVOICE

3:46pm Sat 2 Feb 13

D Taylor says...

Llanwern playing at Newport Stadium this pm. No problem with that pitch. Hasn't been played on much this sason of course.
Llanwern playing at Newport Stadium this pm. No problem with that pitch. Hasn't been played on much this sason of course. D Taylor

4:16pm Sat 2 Feb 13

DOWNTHEPIT says...

This was always going to happen. to many games played on the pitch they need a 3g pitch then you can play as many games as you need...heard comments from the blues players last week when they played on one + they said it was really good. we could also play all of our academy + age grade games on it. and train on it .that would also get more revenue in to the club...
This was always going to happen. to many games played on the pitch they need a 3g pitch then you can play as many games as you need...heard comments from the blues players last week when they played on one + they said it was really good. we could also play all of our academy + age grade games on it. and train on it .that would also get more revenue in to the club... DOWNTHEPIT

5:38pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Nptsportsfan says...

disgusting postponement, Mark Jones you need to take a good long look at yourself, ps hope you had a nice day at the rugby or chilling out with your groundstaff team when you should've been preparing a pitch for football. You obviously didn't fancy it today, absolutley no reason to call game off at 9.15.
disgusting postponement, Mark Jones you need to take a good long look at yourself, ps hope you had a nice day at the rugby or chilling out with your groundstaff team when you should've been preparing a pitch for football. You obviously didn't fancy it today, absolutley no reason to call game off at 9.15. Nptsportsfan

9:49pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Slider02 says...

That pitch has been like a sponge for a long time - in the past they have had televised rugby games called off due to the levels of standing water - you would have thought that by now they would have learned their lessons from that and paid for decent drainage and underground heating that actually works!

But alas no, this is Newport - 2nd to 3rd class everything, when everyone else invests Newport does not (sport, city council etc) when other welcome investment (inc high rise buildings) Newport puts up barriers that would have ensured that even Noah would not have been able to build his arc in time !

This is why Newport is the city that investors avoid - no-one wants the city to prosper and compete with anyone.
That pitch has been like a sponge for a long time - in the past they have had televised rugby games called off due to the levels of standing water - you would have thought that by now they would have learned their lessons from that and paid for decent drainage and underground heating that actually works! But alas no, this is Newport - 2nd to 3rd class everything, when everyone else invests Newport does not (sport, city council etc) when other welcome investment (inc high rise buildings) Newport puts up barriers that would have ensured that even Noah would not have been able to build his arc in time ! This is why Newport is the city that investors avoid - no-one wants the city to prosper and compete with anyone. Slider02

5:56pm Sun 3 Feb 13

NakedDancer says...

Some strange comments about this postponement ? Did anyone look out of their windows last week ? Puddles all over the pitch Tuesday and continuous rain all week - absolutely no chance the groundstaff could get the pitch playable irrespective of how many matches had been played on it - like many other fixtures across the country.

The Dragons, Newport RFC and Newport County don't make a profit to invest. Rodney Parade is not owned or operated by Newport Council so nowt to do with them ...and given that the council has to slash services to balance the books and avoid massive council tax hikes they will not be investing in anything.

The reality is there will always be postponements in January with UK weather.
Some strange comments about this postponement ? Did anyone look out of their windows last week ? Puddles all over the pitch Tuesday and continuous rain all week - absolutely no chance the groundstaff could get the pitch playable irrespective of how many matches had been played on it - like many other fixtures across the country. The Dragons, Newport RFC and Newport County don't make a profit to invest. Rodney Parade is not owned or operated by Newport Council so nowt to do with them ...and given that the council has to slash services to balance the books and avoid massive council tax hikes they will not be investing in anything. The reality is there will always be postponements in January with UK weather. NakedDancer

8:24am Mon 4 Feb 13

RSATaffy says...

Agree with NakedDancer the groundsman doesn't call the game off, as far as I know that's down to the ref. As I said we now have these game to play when hopefully the walking wounded will be recovered.
Agree with NakedDancer the groundsman doesn't call the game off, as far as I know that's down to the ref. As I said we now have these game to play when hopefully the walking wounded will be recovered. RSATaffy

9:39am Mon 4 Feb 13

llandaff says...

RSATaffy wrote:
Agree with NakedDancer the groundsman doesn't call the game off, as far as I know that's down to the ref. As I said we now have these game to play when hopefully the walking wounded will be recovered.
Yes but why were the covers not put over the pitch during the week? The weather forecast was heeded for the snow with the covers down, why was it not the same for the well forecast rain? Questions need to be asked about this. Otherwise every time it rains the match will be called off. The club is losing revenue every time this happens. Any one like to comment?
[quote][p][bold]RSATaffy[/bold] wrote: Agree with NakedDancer the groundsman doesn't call the game off, as far as I know that's down to the ref. As I said we now have these game to play when hopefully the walking wounded will be recovered.[/p][/quote]Yes but why were the covers not put over the pitch during the week? The weather forecast was heeded for the snow with the covers down, why was it not the same for the well forecast rain? Questions need to be asked about this. Otherwise every time it rains the match will be called off. The club is losing revenue every time this happens. Any one like to comment? llandaff

2:33pm Mon 4 Feb 13

venga says...

Rodney parade has always had a prblem with drainage. This is due in no small part to the fact that the river is not far away thus the water table is very high. As soon as I heard that county were moving there I knew that we would have a lot of postponed matches. It's a bit of bummer for someone like me who has to travel 40 miles to watch County...never mind though eh!
Rodney parade has always had a prblem with drainage. This is due in no small part to the fact that the river is not far away thus the water table is very high. As soon as I heard that county were moving there I knew that we would have a lot of postponed matches. It's a bit of bummer for someone like me who has to travel 40 miles to watch County...never mind though eh! venga

12:02pm Tue 5 Feb 13

welshflinty says...

Kick the egg off the pitch, and just let County use it.
Kick the egg off the pitch, and just let County use it. welshflinty

12:02pm Tue 5 Feb 13

welshflinty says...

Kick the egg off the pitch, and just let County use it.
Kick the egg off the pitch, and just let County use it. welshflinty

3:30pm Tue 5 Feb 13

NakedDancer says...

venga wrote:
Rodney parade has always had a prblem with drainage. This is due in no small part to the fact that the river is not far away thus the water table is very high. As soon as I heard that county were moving there I knew that we would have a lot of postponed matches. It's a bit of bummer for someone like me who has to travel 40 miles to watch County...never mind though eh!
As far as I can remember County home matches v Braintree and Kidderminster were the only ones called off due to rain - both matches in the same week of torrential rain that no pitch would have survived. Spytty would have had a lot more called off off.

We have to be realistic with UK weather and available funds - unless we move the pitch up Brynglas or put a roof on it.
[quote][p][bold]venga[/bold] wrote: Rodney parade has always had a prblem with drainage. This is due in no small part to the fact that the river is not far away thus the water table is very high. As soon as I heard that county were moving there I knew that we would have a lot of postponed matches. It's a bit of bummer for someone like me who has to travel 40 miles to watch County...never mind though eh![/p][/quote]As far as I can remember County home matches v Braintree and Kidderminster were the only ones called off due to rain - both matches in the same week of torrential rain that no pitch would have survived. Spytty would have had a lot more called off off. We have to be realistic with UK weather and available funds - unless we move the pitch up Brynglas or put a roof on it. NakedDancer

5:05pm Tue 5 Feb 13

D Taylor says...

I disagree. Newport Stadium had very few matches postponed and is currenty in very good condition. County will suffer from more postponements at RP.
I disagree. Newport Stadium had very few matches postponed and is currenty in very good condition. County will suffer from more postponements at RP. D Taylor

8:23pm Tue 5 Feb 13

jetspotter says...

It will be interesting to see whether the postponments work for or against us. As has been mentioned it gives the injured players a chance to recover and is a nice rest for everybody else. While it will certainly cause a bit of a fixture log jam that might work in our favour if we can string a few fast positive results together and build up some momentum. That's what I'm hoping anyway !!
It will be interesting to see whether the postponments work for or against us. As has been mentioned it gives the injured players a chance to recover and is a nice rest for everybody else. While it will certainly cause a bit of a fixture log jam that might work in our favour if we can string a few fast positive results together and build up some momentum. That's what I'm hoping anyway !! jetspotter

9:42pm Tue 5 Feb 13

NakedDancer says...

D Taylor wrote:
I disagree. Newport Stadium had very few matches postponed and is currenty in very good condition. County will suffer from more postponements at RP.
I remember plenty of postponements at Spytty.

One of the main reasons County moved to Rodney was because the pitch at Spytty was considered useless by the Manager and Players last season, even with minimal rain.

The pitch at Spytty has a drainage problem diagnosed as hardened slag under the pitch which will cost £100k to rectify and the County or the owners (the Council) can't afford to rectify it.

In any case, its irrelevant. County will never go back to Spytty as Rodney is a roaring success and Dragons, Newport RFC and County need each other financially. Time to move on.
[quote][p][bold]D Taylor[/bold] wrote: I disagree. Newport Stadium had very few matches postponed and is currenty in very good condition. County will suffer from more postponements at RP.[/p][/quote]I remember plenty of postponements at Spytty. One of the main reasons County moved to Rodney was because the pitch at Spytty was considered useless by the Manager and Players last season, even with minimal rain. The pitch at Spytty has a drainage problem diagnosed as hardened slag under the pitch which will cost £100k to rectify and the County or the owners (the Council) can't afford to rectify it. In any case, its irrelevant. County will never go back to Spytty as Rodney is a roaring success and Dragons, Newport RFC and County need each other financially. Time to move on. NakedDancer

10:09pm Tue 5 Feb 13

D Taylor says...

I don't remember postponements being much of a problem at Newport Stadium. I agree that the pitch at RP is superior because of the amount of divots that were present on the Spytty pitch which doesn' happen at RP. But we will have more postponements because RP is being played on too much. We lost a game Saturday when nearly every other game was on other than in the London area and including some played on other grounds in Newport. That's worrying. And what will it be like on Saturday after the Dragons have finished with it on Friday night? I dread to think. We may never go back to Newport stadium but I'm concerned that RP isn't an adequate solution either.
I don't remember postponements being much of a problem at Newport Stadium. I agree that the pitch at RP is superior because of the amount of divots that were present on the Spytty pitch which doesn' happen at RP. But we will have more postponements because RP is being played on too much. We lost a game Saturday when nearly every other game was on other than in the London area and including some played on other grounds in Newport. That's worrying. And what will it be like on Saturday after the Dragons have finished with it on Friday night? I dread to think. We may never go back to Newport stadium but I'm concerned that RP isn't an adequate solution either. D Taylor

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