Southport confident Stags game will go ahead

MANSFIELD TOWN’S match away at Southport is likely to go ahead, Sandgrounders’ officials have said this morning (Friday).

Ken Hilton, the Southport secretary, said he was ‘very confident’ that the match would be played.

Mr Hilton said: “I was on the pitch at 7.55am today and there was no snow on the pitch, it was soft on foot. I’m very confident the match will go ahead.

“We do have light snow now falling [as we speak] but that should clear by mid-day.

“We’ve had no frost in the last two nights and if we were playing today the match would be on,” he added.

Temperatures are expected to dip tonight, however, and as a precaution Southport have called an 8.30am pitch inspection before the Stags’ team coach sets off tomorrow morning.

Stags yesterday announced the transfer of midfielder Gary Roberts to Maltese club Floriana following international clearance, while striker Jake Speight looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.