Jersey v Nottingham

13/02/2013

St Peter

Jersey RFC will play host to Nottingham in the RFU Championship this weekend, and the Island side are certain the fixture will go ahead in spite of recent wet weather.

Club officials have been monitoring the state of the pitches at St Peter closely in recent days, and Chairman Bill Dempsey said he was very confident the Nottingham match would go ahead.

"While it has been an extremely wet winter, and there was further rain at the weekend, the ground is playable and we expect conditions to improve through the week, helped by the forecast of some drier weather on Thursday and Friday," he said.

The main pitch at St Peter has not staged any rugby since Saturday January 12th, with the Championship match against Rotherham two weeks later moved to the adjacent pitch two because of a particularly heavy spell of rain on the eve of the match.

Dempsey said that pitch two and the neighbouring pitch four were under consideration to host the game, but that as things stood he was hopeful that the main pitch would be the one used.

"Unless the weather is significantly worse than forecast, then I would expect pitch one to be ready," he said. "However we do have a back-up plan, enabling the match to go ahead in any event, and a team of people are standing by to help on Friday and Saturday in carrying out preparations for the game."

Dempsey said that the club had been in close contact with the RFU's Competition's Department since the end of last week, and that they also informed opponents Nottingham of the situation on Monday.

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