Motherwell v Inverness Caledonian Thistle Postponed

Last updated : 26 January 2008 By Firparkcorner

The surface was already heavy and damaged following the Tuesday night cup replay against Hearts. Attempts to make it fit for the Gretna cup game twenty four hours later failed and that match became a casualty to the wet weather.

A wet Fir Park

Since that time there has been a succession of weather warnings from the Met Office in which they forecast an unpleasant time for much of the country. Motherwell was subjected to strong winds carrying steady rain for the last few days of the week and, unfortunately, the boffins called it accurately.

Many locals had expected the postponement to be announced on Friday but there was always the hope that conditions would ease as Saturday approached. The decision to hold an early morning inspection was sensible and as a result it is hoped that no one started a wasted journey.

The SPL now have another fixture to fit into an already crowded programme and the ground staff at Fir Park can concentrate on trying to get the pitch into a useable state for the next scheduled game - the rearranged meeting with Celtic on Wednesday 30 February.

The decision that the SFA took a few days ago to allow Gretna to move their cup tie from its original slot at Fir Park this coming Monday to Palmerston looks more sensible with every drop of rain.

The Fir Park surface still has many demands over the next couple of weeks. Motherwell host Celtic on Wednesday then Dundee in the Scottish Cup R5 tie next Saturday. There is some respite the following midweek before the 'Well face Kilmarnock on the 9th of February.

No doubt he advocates of summer football will claim this as another justification of their cause. Unfortunately we know only too well that heavy rain can occur in Scotland at any time of year.

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