FIELD Mill will be subject to an early pitch inspection tomorrow morning ahead of Mansfield Town’s clash with relegation-threatened Barrow on Tuesday night. Local referee Russell Booth will assess the pitch as a precaution following continued rain throughout the past week, with a decision on the game to be reached by 9.45am. Groundsman Michael Merriman told www.mansfieldtown.net: “Everyone could see that the pitch was ‘upside down’ after Saturday’s home match against Newport. “At the minute, the pitch is drenched from last night’s rain and it is so wet that we cannot work on it today. “The problems have been predicted as we’ve had adverse weather for the past two years with all the winter snow. It also didn’t help when we were locked out of the ground in December, during an important time for the pitch.
“Coupled with that, and Glapwell previously playing on a Sunday, we have had limited funding for the end of season renovation for the past three seasons. Due to last year’s summer commitments, there was limited time and money to properly prepare the pitch for the season. “In fairness and credit to the current Chairman and C.E.O, they have both fully supported the work which needs to be carried out on the pitch since they came to the club in September. However, by that time, any investment would have been too late. “I am grateful to them for promising money to be spent on the pitch in the close season, which will allow the playing surface to be fully prepared ahead of a new footballing year,” he added.