Newport v Fleetwood: Postponed to March 4

Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood Tweeted this picture of the Rodney Parade pitch
Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood Tweeted this picture of the Rodney Parade pitch
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Fleetwood Town’s game at Newport County has been postponed.

A waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade put pay to any chance of tonight’s match going ahead - officials deciding, on an initial inspection, there was no chance to having the surface ready in time for the 7.45pm kick off.

Heavy rain swept through South Wales last night, scuppering the efforts of volunteers who had covered the pitch after a rugby union game on Tuesday night.

It is the fifth postponement at Rodney Parade since December, an issue which has led to the Football League contacting the club to express concern.

It has also led to a significant fixture backlog for the Exiles and the game scheduled for tonight is now unlikely to be played until April.

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander spoke to The Gazette yesterday and was desperate to avoid a postponement.

He said: “With our February schedule some might say it would be a blessing in disguise.ion

“But it just puts more games into March and April.

“We want the game to be on and a chance to put right the mistakes of Saturday and Tuesday night.”

Fleetwood travelled to South Wales yesterday but were unable to train because the pitches they had booked were, the Fleetwood boss said, ‘soaked’.

Town are back in action when they travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night - a fixture re-arranged due to a frozen pitch in December.