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Frustrated Kirkup has his eye on Truro weather

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

By Ross Reid

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Truro City plan an early-morning pitch inspection ahead of Saturday’s home Southern League clash against Premier Division runaway leaders Hemel Hempstead Town.

City’s stand was blown down during the midweek storms but gales are not anticipated to threaten Saturday’s Treyew Road match as much as the forecast for downpours over Truro.

“The real problem looks like being the rain again,” admitted frustrated City assistant manager Graeme Kirkup on Friday afternoon.

“I have been in contact with the club and the pitch is playable at the moment but the forecast is not good, and if we get more heavy rain then that will put the match in doubt.

“The plan is to leave it as late as we can – because everyone wants the game to go ahead – but obviously if the overnight rain is as heavy as anticipated then the inspection may be sooner rather than later.”

City are in the midst of their best league run of the season – unbeaten in six since a 3-0 defeat at Hemel almost two months ago on December 7.

Kirkup was the first to concede: “We haven’t lost in six but you would have thought in two months we would have played twice as many matches.

“The weather problems – and all the postponements – have been exceptional. It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining really and that brings its own problems with matches being called off late on and then the subsequent re-jigging for rescheduled games.

“A lot of clubs down here in Cornwall and Devon are in the same situation. All of us are going to be playing catch-up. There have been a lot of games called off and so by the same token there are now a lot of matches to be ‘fitted in’.

“Our lads have been great keeping themselves as fit as possible. We train once a week at Truro and they come from miles away to take part but, to their credit, they also do a lot of work on their own.

“I was very impressed at the fitness levels of the lads when we drew [2-2] at Stourbridge a couple of weeks ago. You would not have thought they had not played for three weeks.”

Play-offs chasing Bideford were frustrated in their plans to debut new on-loan Torquay United striker Daniel Sullivan at third-placed Cambridge City on Saturday when the match was called off on Friday.

In Division One South and West, seventh-placed Tiverton Town are due to visit tenth-placed Stratford Town, weather permitting.

Western League Premier Division games in Devon at Buckland Athletic and Willand Rovers are weather dependent, as are away days for Ilfracombe Town and First Division Barnstaple Town.

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