Nigel Clough says everything possible was done to get Mansfield Town v Bolton game on

Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town did everything they could to allow their match with Bolton to go ahead.
Torrential rain left the One Call Stadium pitch unplayable.Torrential rain left the One Call Stadium pitch unplayable.
Torrential rain left the One Call Stadium pitch unplayable.

The game was postponed 90 minutes before kick-off after torrential rain in the area during the late afternoon left the One Call Stadium pitch unplayable.

“We desperately tried all day,” Clough told iFollow Stags. “Mez [Michael Merriman, head groundsman] and the ground staff have been working since 8:30am this morning – they did everything they could.

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“There was light rain forecast, and then this torrential rain has appeared from absolutely nowhere from around four o’clock.

“I think even if it hadn’t been a little bit wet before, we would have struggled with what’s come down in the last hour or so.

“We were desperate to get the game on and everyone is disappointed and frustrated. But there is sometimes nothing you can do. The amount of rain that has come down has made it impossible.

“I don’t think it [conditions] bothers us, we just want to play. The lads have kept preparing and coming in raring to go, and the games get called off. It’s hugely frustrating for us.

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“The referee [Seb Stockbridge] did everything he could, but said there were too many areas [that are waterlogged]. The forecast is for it to just keep going, that’s another thing to take into consideration.”

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