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Youth Team Match Postponed

24 November 2014

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After seeing the youth game against Doncaster Rovers called off due to a waterlogged pitch, the team had to settle for a day of training instead.

Manager Mark Smith gave details of a busy morning on the phone, finding out about the postponement and then making alternative plans for his squad.

He said: “It was early, about 8:30. I spoke to the guy at Doncaster and they said they were having a pitch inspection and so I knew then that it was probably going to be called off. He called me back a few minutes later and told me it was off.

“We were looking forward to it. We wanted to try and keep things going because we were on a good run and we wanted to keep that going. 

"I was meeting the team there because I live near Doncaster and the rest of the lads were meeting here at around 8:30am. I just told them to hang fire until we found out and as soon as we found out we quickly changed things round and we did a training session.

“We went to Springwell School and we used their facilities. The development players use their facilities so I spoke to them and they said it was alright.”

Although frustrated that the match didn’t go ahead Smith understands why these decisions need to be made.

He said: “It’s their first team training pitch so you can understand if groundsmen are a little bit tentative to let people train and play on them in regards to how it’s going to affect the first team. 

“The training pitches we play on now are a little bit better than they used to be, they’re looked after better so they’re a bit more resilient when the heavens open.

"You’ve just got to have your fingers crossed and hope that the weather is not as bad as it might be."


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