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CEO on Posh Postponement

2 March 2018

Brian Caldwell explains the decision to postpone

Shrewsbury Town CEO, Brian Caldwell, has spoken about the decision to postpone tomorrow’s game against Peterborough United.

The game was postponed this morning after a pitch inspection deemed the surface to be unplayable.

Sub-zero temperatures and snowfall was always likely to put the game in jeopardy and Caldwell explained that it was the sensible decision.

“I think we all predicted that this would happen with the forecast, which has been pretty much correct all week”, Brian told ShrewsWeb.

“Areas of the pitch are still very hard. We’ve had minus 6 temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday night and there’s been nothing much above zero.

“The covers will do to minus-2, minus-3, but because we’ve had such hard frosts and with the snow as well I think it’s sensible to postpone again.

“Is it fair if you are a Peterborough fan or a Shrewsbury fan travelling any sort of distance to come tomorrow when there are so many amber warnings around?

“You look at the snow around the stadium and Oteley Road and even though we could have cleared the car park, you’ve still got people walking on footpaths, which probably aren’t safe.

"So, I think it’s safe on everybody and again we are looking out for everybody.”

At present there has been no date decided for the rearranged game and Brian is looking to get Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Final out of the way first.

“We will look at rearranged dates next week”, said Caldwell.

“We will probably wait until after Tuesday to see if we can get Tuesday on okay. The weather is supposed to improve between Sunday and Tuesday, so hopefully the players can get a training session on Monday and we can get Tuesday night on.

“After that we will look at what available dates we’ve got to fit in Peterborough and by that time we will hopefully know whether we’ve reached the Checkatrade final as well, which will affect our away game with Northampton.”


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