Pitch Cleared!

by Scott Thornberry - 26th November 2010

pitch cleared!

Darlington's match against York City tomorrow is all set to go ahead after the club today cleared the pitch thanks to a little help.

The Quakers enlisted the help of snowblowing machinery, while half a dozen fans turned up to help club officials completely clear the playing surface. The stadium has also been madesafe, meaning tomorrow's FA Cup game against York is all set to go ahead, depending on overnight weather.


If there is more snowfall overnight, Darlington are appealling for fans to come down from 8am tomorrow to ensure the game goes ahead.
 
"We're grateful to the small number of fans who turned up today," said general manager Phil Preston.
 
"We've worked tirelessly since yesterday lunchtime clearing the pitch and what you see today is the end-result of hard graft by some very dedicated members of staff and volunteers.
 
"It just goes to show how important tomorrow's game is to us and it'd be nice to see a big crowd. We're keeping our fingers crossed overnight."

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darlo2001uk - 26th November 2010 16:42:37

How can you say it is all set to go ahead when seven minutes earlier you tweeted that you believed it was 70 / 30 in favour of it being called off?

Quakerz - 26th November 2010 16:48:21

He did that just to annoy you.

darlo2001uk - 26th November 2010 16:54:42

Or maybe there was a msssive thaw in the intervening seven minutes?

Quakerz - 26th November 2010 16:57:07

No, it was definitely just to annoy you.
:D

hall0a6 - 26th November 2010 17:27:44

according to sky sports news there is going to be a pitch inspection at 9am tommorrow morning

uncovered - 26th November 2010 17:55:16

darlo2001uk wrote:How can you say it is all set to go ahead when seven minutes earlier you tweeted that you believed it was 70 / 30 in favour of it being called off?
I sent the tweet, my personal opinion is 70/30. The story onsite is a club press release, suppose i should start adding that on the bottom of the stories.

Club are confident the game will go ahead, I am not as sure looking at the forecast, we have had better weather in the past and games have been off.


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cameron-darlo - 26th November 2010 18:01:46

if the club are using heaters like someone posted on here, then there should be no reason why the game wont be on.

cwisstoffhur - 26th November 2010 18:13:02

cameron-darlo wrote:if the club are using heaters like someone posted on here, then there should be no reason why the game wont be on.
we've had heaters on the pitch before and its still frozen.

Quakerz - 26th November 2010 18:22:14

Yeah but were they sausage type heaters?

LoidLucan - 26th November 2010 18:41:11

The pitch is perfectly playable and is covered. If the game had been tonight it would have been on, no problem. The only way the game will be off is if there is a really heavy snowfall on top of the covers and/or a drop in temperatures below about -2 which would then affect the pitch despite the covers. Pray to the heavens cos it's as simple as that.

robbiej - 26th November 2010 18:48:30

no heaters just covers,

cameron-darlo - 26th November 2010 19:23:22

robbiej wrote:no heaters just covers,
it'll be off then

shawry - 26th November 2010 19:27:43

LoidLucan wrote: and/or a drop in temperatures below about -2 which would then affect the pitch despite the covers..
It was colder than that when I left work tonight.

cameron-darlo - 26th November 2010 19:31:16

without heaters i very much doubt it'll be on, forecast -4 tonight :thumbdown:

LoidLucan - 26th November 2010 20:26:33

The club has done everything possible to get the game on and I hope it's rewarded. We should be looking at a crowd around the 3,500 to perhaps 4,000 mark. York have sold 750 tickets with several hundred more expected to pay on the day. Why is it so effing freezing this early anyway?... Cue some weather geek with detailed meteorological rundown. Over to you Q :D

LoidLucan - 26th November 2010 21:44:46

I don't get this heaters business. The only way you could use heaters would be if we had some kind of raised bubble type cover over the pitch and have gigantic hot air blowers underneath churning away all night to keep the temp up. The covers we have just lie flat on the pitch and take a massive amount of work laying and taking off. Sticking a few heaters around the pitch after the covers have been taken off in the morning would be about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. It's all down to how low the temp gets tonight whether this game is on or not.

TinShedDarloFan - 26th November 2010 21:53:13

Minus 4 in Darlington at the mo