Vital Football

Players getting fit but will pitch be ok?

Players getting fit but will pitch be ok?


Joe Devera and Simon Ferry could be back in contention for Saturday`s clash with AFC Wimbledon after perhaps somewhat surprisingly returning to training this week.

Ferry of course has a long term back injury and Devera injured his knee at Exeter meaning he had to be replaced before half-term. Joe still needs a scan to assess the damage but fingers crossed it may not be as serious as concerned.

Whether boss Richie Barker though depends on several factors one of course in the state of the Fratton Park pitch.

Pitch Battle

The weather this week has, as we all know, been atrocious but at present the pitch is playable and preparations for the match are in full swing. The Dons have sold 2,000 tickets for the game which again goes to show what an attraction playing at Fratton Park is for players and supporters at this level.

However the weather forecast for the twenty four hours before the game suggests the playing surface may struggle to survive. Again strong winds and driving rain are predicted through Friday afternoon and evening and well into the following morning. I doubt the club will arrange an inspection until 9am on Saturday as the opposition are in fact the nearest to Pompey but that would not help Pompey fans with long trips like our Ed!

If I were a gambling man I would bet on the game falling foul of the weather as the forecasts have been unusually accurate and terms used such as a 'monthful of rain in two days` to me spell Washout. I do hope I am wrong though, of course.

Some are calling it the St Valentine`s Day storm let`s hope it only kisses the pitch eh!

PUP

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:eastneydave
Date:Thursday February 13 2014
Time: 9:41PM

Comments

0
Already decided that I am not traveling Dave...
With major rail disruptions my end at Dawlish as it is, and problems expected enroute with various others issues on trains and - in all honesty - the fact that I just 'am not feeling it' I decided after the Exeter game to have a break, shame I did not leave my ST with my cousin as someone else could have used it but hey ho...
pompeyrug
14/02/2014 00:06:00
0
think it will be ok as there is not continous rain up until kick off, pitch still drains well
jimsmithswig
14/02/2014 08:18:00
0
But would we be better on a dry surface? would postponement be a blessing in disguise?
Et_tu_Pompeii
14/02/2014 09:33:00
0
Postponement means we cannot lose!
pompeyrug
14/02/2014 22:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

The Fear faces Ben Nevis!

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

On this day in history...3rd May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 3rd May.

Who Will Portsmouth Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

April MotM Nomination - Cook (Portsmouth)

The April nominations for the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month Award are in.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Hartlepool MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Murphy51%
Stevens0%
Burgess7%
Barton0%
Freeman0%
Doyle0%
Hollands3%
Naismith19%
Roberts11%
Evans0%
Smith3%
Sub - McGurk0%
Sub - Chaplin3%
Sub - Whatmough3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 45 28 12 5 96 35
2 Accrington 45 24 12 9 84 26
3 Oxford 45 23 14 8 83 40
4 Bristol Rovers 45 25 7 13 82 30
5 Portsmouth 45 21 15 9 78 32
6 Plymouth 45 23 9 13 78 21
7 Wimbledon 45 20 12 13 72 13
8 Cambridge 45 18 13 14 67 11
9 Leyton Orient 45 18 12 15 66 -2
10 Wycombe 45 17 13 15 64 4
11 Exeter 45 17 13 15 64 1
12 Carlisle 45 16 16 13 64 0
13 Mansfield 45 17 12 16 63 8
14 Luton 45 18 9 18 63 -1
15 Barnet 45 16 11 18 59 -4
16 Hartlepool 45 15 6 24 51 -18
17 Notts County 45 14 9 22 51 -24
18 Yeovil 45 11 15 19 48 -15
19 Stevenage 45 11 14 20 47 -15
20 Crawley 45 13 8 24 47 -30
21 Morecambe 45 12 9 24 45 -22
22 Newport 45 10 13 22 43 -20
R Dag & Red 45 8 10 27 34 -34
R York 45 7 12 26 33 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Northampton Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.storagematt5
2.Emsworthianblue3
3.Copnor433
4.mslorna482
5.FrattonBlue2
6.eastneydave2