BOLTON GAME POSTPONED DUE TO FROZEN PITCH
Stags v Bolton postponed
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 26 Jan 2021, 1.30pm
Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two match at home to Bolton Wanderers has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
The match was scheduled to take place this evening at One Call Stadium, with a 7pm kick-off.
Supporters who have purchased an iFollow Stags pass to watch the game will automatically be able to watch the re-arranged fixture.
A new date for the match will be arranged in due course.
Mansfield Town fixture postponed
bwfc.co.uk, Tues 26 Jan 2021, 1.30pm
This evening’s Sky Bet League Two game against Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
The rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course and all iFollow Match Passes will be valid for the new date.
Michael Merriman (groundsman) @mezski, Tues 26 Jan 2021, 4.20pm
1230 inspection gets called for a 7 kick off , then perfect at 4 oclock , my heads gone (Exploding head emoji) all to stop a team travelling 1 and half hours (Face with mouth covered emoji)
It’s how it works , I wanted to give it a chance and check again at 3 but he came off the phone and they had called it
facebook, Tues 26 Jan 2021
The pitch should have been ready for 12.30pm regardless. We all knew the forecast, why wasn't covers on, heaters used, etc?
They was and heaters. Sometimes you get beat at our level, with not a lot of grass in certain areas the covers are more or less useless.
You have to invest every season or things like this happen, we didn’t even know if we would have been playing this season so the club/clubs with no money coming in ain’t going to throw it about and maybe waste it, this is the norm nowadays to call them early to stop the away team and fans travelling and sometimes if they did wait it would be playable, personally I would have thought they would gamble more this season with having no fans in
Hopefully there will be investment back in the pitch this Summer
I’m sure there will be.
I know you get frustrated when games are off but non of you fans at any club will be more frustrated than the groundsman.
Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham (video on iFollow):
"The problem we had was that the referee wanted to make a decision before Bolton travelled."
mansfieldtown.net, Wednesday 27th January 2021
The Stags were due to be in action on Tuesday evening, but their scheduled clash with Bolton Wanderers was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Nigel Clough discussed the postponement, adding: “We’re disappointed and frustrated [with the postponement], but it’s understandable. Once frost gets in the ground, it’s hard to remedy.
“We’re frustrated as the pitch may have been playable by seven, but the referee has to make an early decision at lunchtime.
“The referee had a decision to make, but with the groove that we’re in, we want to keep playing games.
“We’re a bit frustrated, but we have to use that on Saturday. It would’ve been a good time to play the game in conditions that probably would have suited us.”
Nigel Clough on why Mansfield v Bolton could have gone ahead and Wanderers boost in rearranged game
manchestereveningnews.co.uk, By John McDougall, 27 JAN 2021
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough believes his side's postponed match against Bolton Wanderers might have been able to go ahead as planned after all.
The League Two clash at the One Call Stadium was called off after lunchtime following a frozen pitch in Nottinghamshire.
The game has now been rearranged for Tuesday, February 2.
Reflecting on the postponement made yesterday, Stags boss Clough admitted his frustration and disappointment that the game could not go ahead.
Mansfield have won their last five games in succession in League Two while the Trotters, by contrast, are without a win in six.
And Clough felt the pitch at the One Call Stadium may have been playable by the scheduled kick-off time of 7pm yesterday, while the Stags would have also played this evening had it been an option.
Clough told the club's YouTube channel: "I'm disappointed and frustrated, but it's understandable once frost gets in the ground and the severe weather we've had in the last few days, it's difficult to remedy that and there's nothing you can do.
"I'm just frustrated as well that I think it might have even been playable by seven, 7:30, but the referee's got to make an early decision at lunchtime. It was thawing, it was raining, to what degree that would have been enough, I'm not sure, but he has a decision to make.
"Even if it had been tonight, we'd have definitely played. When you're in the groove that we're in and winning games, you want to keep playing. I'm a little bit frustrated but we have then use that for Saturday."
Wanderers have been handed a boost for when the game will be played next week.
Defender Ryan Delaney would have missed last night's encounter had it taken place owing to the red card he was shown against Tranmere Rovers.
But because this will now be served in this weekend's game against Leyton Orient, Delaney should be available to face the Stags.
Clough said: "I think Bolton had a player missing, Ryan Delaney, who was sent off last Saturday, so he would have been suspended.
"We know Ryan from Burton so that would have been one less threat certainly from set plays, but it would have been a good time to play in conditions that probably would have suited us."
Mansfield boss and groundsman have their say on Bolton postponement
theboltonnews.co.uk, By Suzanne Geldard, Wednesday 27th January 2021
MANSFIELD Town's boss and groundsman have both expressed their frustration at their game with Bolton Wanderers being called off.
The game was scheduled to be played on Tuesday night only to fall foul of the weather and be called off in the afternoon due to a frozen pitch.
But the Football League have moved quickly to rearrange it and the two teams are now due to meet at the One Call Stadium next Tuesday, kick-off 7pm.
However, Stags boss Nigel Clough said a postponement was the last thing they needed amid a five-game winning run.
“The referee had a decision to make, but with the groove that we’re in, we want to keep playing games," said Clough.
“We’re a bit frustrated, but we have to use that on Saturday. It would’ve been a good time to play the game in conditions that probably would have suited us.
“We’re disappointed and frustrated [with the postponement], but it’s understandable. Once frost gets in the ground, it’s hard to remedy.
“We’re frustrated as the pitch may have been playable by seven, but the referee has to make an early decision at lunchtime."
The timing of the postponement was a particular frustration to Mansfield's groundsman, Michael Merriman, who took to Twitter to have his say.
"1230 inspection gets called for a 7 kick off , then perfect at 4 oclock , my heads gone - all to stop a team travelling 1 and half hours," he tweeted.
A follower replied: "Who called the inspection that early Mez? Surely common sense is to at least have another at say 3pm - allows plenty of time for away team / officials and staff to all travel ... crazy call (not on you btw!)"
Merriman responded: "It’s how it works , I wanted to give it a chance and check again at 3 but he came off the phone and they had called it."
Wanderers groundsman Michael Steele had sympathy for his frustrated counterpart, tweeting: "Bit of an early call that really, temps were picking up as the day went on, been a slow thaw for us at the training ground today."
Merriman replied: "It’s because you was (sic) leaving at 145 and they try and stop teams travelling nowadays, I understand if it’s a few hours away but not an hour an half.
"To be fair to him it was hard at 1230 but like you say temperatures rising through the day and light rain."
Another follower added: "Can't they unpostpone the game and play at 8?", to which Merriman said: "They called it early nothing to do with it being at 7."
Why Bolton Wanderers lost money from Mansfield postponement and rejected rearranged game offer
manchestereveningnews.co.uk, By John McDougall, 28 JAN 2021
Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt said the Trotters lost money as a result of the postponement of the League Two clash against Mansfield Town earlier this week
Ian Evatt revealed that Bolton Wanderers turned down the offer to play Mansfield Town 24 hours after it was originally postponed which incurred hotel costs for the club.
The Trotters had been due to take on the Stags last Tuesday in League Two.
But the game was postponed at 12:30pm in light of a frozen pitch at that time at the One Call Stadium.
However, the weather improved during the day in Nottinghamshire and Stags boss Nigel Clough believes that the game may have been playable by 7pm.
And that's a view which is similarly held by Evatt, who lives in nearby Chesterfield and is familiar with the area.
Evatt confirmed the Trotters turned down the offer of playing the game 24 hours later, and it will now take place next week on Tuesday, February 2.
But Wanderers lost out from this week's earlier postponement, having had to pay hotel costs for pre-match food for a game which didn't happen.
Evatt said: “I was looking forward to the game going ahead as well, but unfortunately, they chose to call it off. I live 25 minutes from the stadium.
"At 12:30, because their pitch is very bare, it probably would have been frozen in places but I do feel like we could have given it more of a chance because I live half an hour away from there and it really started to warm up in the afternoon and rained heavily, which probably would have made the pitch playable, but they chose to call it off at half 12 and that was that.
"They offered us a rearranged fixture on the Wednesday and we turned that down politely because some of our players wouldn’t have kicked a ball from Saturday through to Wednesday, so there was no point in us doing that, but it’s being rearranged for Tuesday so we’ll go there on Tuesday and hopefully have a good game.
“We never made any stipulations on when and how to call it off, we would have happily travelled.
"We had incurred hotel costs anyway for pre-match food etc so it was of no benefit to us to be called off and it actually cost us money.
"It is what it is. It was called off. We move on and we play Leyton Orient on Saturday and then go there on Tuesday.”
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