(Boreham Wood, 15th November 2014)
Ok Ill admit it and be completely honest, I wasnt totally unhappy that the first scheduled fixture at Mansfield was postponed last Saturday. I was in New York on a trip I?d booked way back in May, so I had fully accepted the fact that I would be missing what was going to be the biggest, most important fixture in the history of this club that I?ve followed and become a part of. A point that was hammered home to me when sitting at Heathrow Airport on the Friday morning and I saw the teams BBC interview pop up on the big screen in front of hundreds and maybe thousands of people over the morning!
Of course when it came to the actual postponement and the way it was called off, I have every sympathy for the team, players, staff and fans that made that long 3-4 hour journey by coach to Mansfield only for the news to hit that the delightful weather had robbed the Beachboys of their Saturday afternoon in the spotlight. From what I understand the weather had been pretty shocking throughout the day, and to have to wait until the journey was made for the postponement to be made official was poor. I also understand that Mansfield Town announced the postponement on their official Twitter account even before they spoke to our manager, players and officials/Chairman.
The only silver lining for me at least (and actually my brother) is that I (we) can now attend and watch the lads as they take on opponents they are capable of beating and securing a place in the FA Cup 2nd round against Cambridge United, another League Two side that will be a tough test but again can be beaten.
The postponement has unsurprisingly brought the subject of artificial pitches back into the forefront of conversation, especially as it was/is the start of November and already a team that ply their trade in League 2 of the professional football spectrum have had to postpone one of their games due to a little more rain than usual. Some of you may know that recently the Football League chairmen met and voted on the idea of having artificial pitches in the pro game in this country, but what you may not know is the vote was a resounding No, at least for now. I understand the reasoning as there are still uncertainties about the pitches and their ability to seemingly induce player injury, and It?ll take more than one fixture being called off for that to change, but I think its clear more investment and research needs to be focussed on this option going forward.
But for now, we must look at the league, and todays opponents! Good luck lads!
You Are My Concord!