Snow's No Problem for Pilgrims

Last updated : 31 January 2004 By Andy Beill
York Street groundstaff are leaving the four inches of snow on the pitch for the moment, and claim that it should still be playable.

Secretary John Blackwell explained the situation: "There is no point in even starting anything at the moment because the snow is acting like an electric blanket.
"The ground wasn't frozen when it started coming down so it is insulated under there.
"As it is, the surface is in a good state and so we are confident the game can go ahead as planned."

An inspection of the pitch is likely to go ahead tomorrow. However, the pitch condition isn't the only thing that will determine whether or not the game gets postponed. Snow on the roads have been causing havoc in the area, and with a bumper crowd expected - including an away following of 1,800 from Hull - the match may be called off in the interest of safety if access to the ground is dangerous.