County continue to work on Rodney Parade pitch
Newport County AFC have made strenuous efforts to ensure that their Sky Bet League Two fixture with Oxford United FC at Rodney Parade on New Years Day, 3pm kick-off, goes ahead.
The Rodney Parade surface has had a deep verti drain today with specialist equipment loaned to us by Glamorgan County Cricket Club from the Swalec Stadium. The County would like to thank Glamorgan CCC for their help and support and particularly Head Groundsman, Keith Exton who brought the equipment to Rodney Parade and also completed the verti draining operation.
The Exiles have also hired a “waterhog” to remove excess surface water from the pitch, the incredible piece of equipment has been supplied by leading CMS Blotter. The machine is called the Super Blotter and lives up to it’s name and has been in action on Rodney Parade this afternoon. The Celtic Manor have also loaned 6 hand pushed waterhogs.
This, along with the tireless efforts of the Rodney Parade ground staff has given us the best chance of the game going ahead. To all the above, who have helped in the pitch preparation, Newport County AFC are extremely grateful and would like to say a sincere thank you to.
The weather forecast for New Year’s Day is not good, so the Match referee will make an assessment of the pitch on his arrival.