Work has begun on the Accrington Stanley pitch this week after the latest postponement on Saturday.
Their League Two clash against Southend was the only league encounter to fall victim to the elements, with it called off for a water-logged pitch at 1.30pm by referee Carl Boyeson as the Shrimpers management, players and fans – who had to make a 500-mile round trip – arrived at the Crown Ground.
Despite having a new £70,000 pitch laid in the summer, which included new drains, there have been five league home postponements this season. So the contractors Derrick Crane, who always had a three-year plan on the pitch and were due to put more drainage channels in during this summer, have been working on it for free this week in a bid to get it right for Tuesday’s home clash with Crewe.
"To be fair to Derrick, we have only had one postponement due to a water-logged pitch, the rest have been due to the cold weather when Premiership games have been postponed too," said chief executive Rob Heys.
"We knew it would be a longer term plan and we have just been unlucky with the weather.
"Hopefully the work during the week will solve the problem."