24 December 2012

Lee Hodges keeps an eye on the weather

Source: Western Morning News

Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges is keeping his fingers that crossed the forecast for more heavy rain does not wash out the Cornish club's Blue Square Bet South Boxing Day home date with Dorchester Town.

Hodges' side and their supporters were saved a wasted journey to Wiltshire on Saturday by Salisbury City officials, who informed Truro that their Raymond McEnhill Stadium pitch was waterlogged and unplayable.

Weather-watching Hodges said: "I got the call at 9am that the game was off. It's common sense when clubs look at the forecast and the pitch early doors, especially because it is a fair old journey for our supporters and the team.

"I was also able to let Barry Hayles know, to prevent him from travelling, and some of the other players who live further afield said they were quite glad it was off because roads to where they lived where flooded, which may have become an issue if the game was on.

"I have looked at the forecast for the days leading up to Boxing Day and it's not the best. We will just have to wait and see, and hope. Everyone at the club wants the game to be on because it's traditional and we are at home."

Hodges will name the same squad that was due to visit Salisbury, with Bobby Hopkinson's outstanding one-match suspension meaning he will miss Wednesday's game, while Jake Ash has more time to overcome a broken finger and should start against the Magpies, weather permitting.

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