Jersey v Notts latest news15/02/2013
Location for Jersey v Nottingham game, Saturday Feb 16th 2013
The home club have once again been forced to consider staging the match on an alternative pitch due to the inordinate amount of rainfall throughout the winter. After the second-wettest fourth quarter on record to finish 2012, January rainfall was well above average and February levels are approaching the monthly average with still a fortnight remaining.
A provisional pitch inspection this morning (Friday) showed that the main pitch at St Peter was unlikely to be fit by Saturday afternoon, so subject to the approval of the match referee, the intention is to stage the game on an adjacent pitch. The 3pm kick-off will be unchanged, with sunset not until 5.30pm.
Jersey RFC have liaised closely with the Competitions Department at the RFU, and opponents Nottingham have also been kept informed throughout the week. Referee John Meredith is expected to arrive on the Island early in the afternoon on Friday and will then be able to inspect all the pitches.
Pitch 2 at St Peter was used for the Jersey v Rotherham game on January 26th, while pitch 4 staged a National One league match against Stourbridge last February when the main arena was frozen; both games accommodated crowds of around 2,000. Arrangements are being made to ensure the approaches to these pitches are safe and dry, with barriers and other necessary crowd control measures put in place.
Jersey have appealed for volunteers to help with preparations throughout Friday and on Saturday morning. Wear sensible footwear and bring a garden fork if you have one.
Any updates will be posted on the jrfc.je website and twitter.com/jerseyrfc as well as being issued to the media.