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    Newport pitch prediction

    Unless there have been any late changes there are two rugby matches scheduled to take place at Rodney Parade on the 30th and 31st December-one team being Newport RFC and the other the Gwent Dragons. Can't imagine they will worry about churning up the pitch so that it starts to resemble a poorly ploughed field.
    The pitch tends to be on the heavy side anyway-just confirms that pitch sharing with the rugby fraternity never seems to work out. Presumably the FA don't talk to the rugby bods regarding fixture compatibility or perhaps Newport County have said something and have been told "tough". This sort of thing might be Ok in late April but is a complete nonsense in deepest December---.
    Someone is clearly not on the ball or is taking the proverbial!
    Don't like to be negative-have a ticket but rather hoping the weather makes the decision for us.

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    Their pitch, having been relaid, is going to be far better than ours. Can't see the barnet game being played, and then it depends on the weather between then and FA Cup day as to whether the WBA game is played. And we don't even groundshare with rugby!!

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by shoot on sight View Post
    Unless there have been any late changes there are two rugby matches scheduled to take place at Rodney Parade on the 30th and 31st December-one team being Newport RFC and the other the Gwent Dragons. Can't imagine they will worry about churning up the pitch so that it starts to resemble a poorly ploughed field.
    The pitch tends to be on the heavy side anyway-just confirms that pitch sharing with the rugby fraternity never seems to work out. Presumably the FA don't talk to the rugby bods regarding fixture compatibility or perhaps Newport County have said something and have been told "tough". This sort of thing might be Ok in late April but is a complete nonsense in deepest December---.
    Someone is clearly not on the ball or is taking the proverbial!
    Don't like to be negative-have a ticket but rather hoping the weather makes the decision for us.
    The Dragons played on it during a monsoon on Boxing Day and it looked perfect. WRU financed a relaying of the pitch In the Summer and it seems to have done the trick. Perhaps we could learn from them how to solve the problems with ours...

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by muppetdodger View Post
    Their pitch, having been relaid, is going to be far better than ours. Can't see the barnet game being played, and then it depends on the weather between then and FA Cup day as to whether the WBA game is played. And we don't even groundshare with rugby!!
    Nonsense. Our pitch is fine, it was a freak on Boxing Day that would have been tough for most pitches in League Two.

    I have no worries about tomorrow.

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    I’ve thought our pitch hasn’t looked great recently with what looks like small areas with less grass - and small hollows/divots. I guess you get what you pay for and we have limited resources. On the rugby sharing point Bristol City share with the rugby club and their pitch is immaculate. My lad played on it recently and I went on it and it’s like a bowling green. I think theirs is some state of the art semi weave thing - grass and synthetic that presumably cost an arm and a leg. So it can be done but maybe not with L2 resources.

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    The pitch is what it is.

    Same for both sides

    Best win on the day adapts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Moran3 View Post
    Iíve thought our pitch hasnít looked great recently with what looks like small areas with less grass - and small hollows/divots. I guess you get what you pay for and we have limited resources. On the rugby sharing point Bristol City share with the rugby club and their pitch is immaculate. My lad played on it recently and I went on it and itís like a bowling green. I think theirs is some state of the art semi weave thing - grass and synthetic that presumably cost an arm and a leg. So it can be done but maybe not with L2 resources.
    Argyle have synthetic grass weaved through their pitch. That cost half a million quid. Of course they went into administration and only actually paid a fraction of that amount.

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by CREDYGRECIAN View Post
    The pitch is what it is.

    Same for both sides

    Best win on the day adapts.
    A heavy, boggy pitch obviously doesn’t suit a team that wants to play football on the deck. That’s obvious. If you’re lumping it forward to stockley and trying to make the ball ‘stick’ in the final third then it could be advantageous.

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by Boyo View Post
    Argyle have synthetic grass weaved through their pitch. That cost half a million quid. Of course they went into administration and only actually paid a fraction of that amount.
    And they still had problems with algae !

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    Re: Newport pitch prediction

    Quote Originally Posted by muppetdodger View Post
    Their pitch, having been relaid, is going to be far better than ours. Can't see the barnet game being played, and then it depends on the weather between then and FA Cup day as to whether the WBA game is played. And we don't even groundshare with rugby!!
    That’s just scaremongering. Prior to the FGR game it had been raining in Exeter for pretty much 24 hours. The drainage backed up and the water settled on top of the pitch. Tomorrow is forecast to be dry. It should be fine.

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