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Truro City keep tabs on the weather in Eastleigh

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

Truro City Football Club

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Truro City and their weather-watching player-manager Lee Hodges must play another waiting game ahead of tonight's Blue Square Bet South trip to Eastleigh.

Whether the game gets the go-ahead depends on weather conditions in Hampshire overnight.

Yesterday ground staff and helpers at Eastleigh were trying to clear the Spitfires' Silverlake Stadium pitch of snow, with the aim of getting covers down to protect it from the threat of overnight frost.

The temperature during yesterday afternoon was hovering above freezing point but officials were concerned about temperatures plummeting overnight.

The weather forecast for Eastleigh indicates temperatures could drop to –6 degrees Celsius overnight and not climb above –4 today.

A club official confirmed a pitch inspection was set to go ahead today, ahead of Truro setting off, unless the game was called off overnight.

City boss Hodges – whose side's game at Sutton United on Saturday was postponed last Friday night due to Arctic conditions – is waiting to complete a one-match suspension.

Hodges, 39, would miss out tonight, if the Blue Square game in Hampshire gets the green light while midfielder Marcus Martin is set to return from suspension.

Midfielder Scott Rogers has boosted Willand Rovers' chances of survival in the Toolstation Western League after announcing his intention to remain at the club until the end of the season.

The former Tiverton Town midfielder came to Silver Street in late November along with Steve Orchard and has made an immediate impact, helping Rovers win all three league games since his arrival.

No length was initially put on Rogers' stay at the club, but a desire to spend more time with his family has seen him commit to the club until the end of the season at the very least.

"I know Willand have been looking to sign a few players and I thought it wasn't fair to mess them about if they didn't know what my plans were, so I have told them I'm staying," said Rogers.

"I had a good chat with Martyn Rogers [his uncle and Taunton Town assistant manager] because he wanted me to play for him up at Taunton.

"The thing is though, I have a young daughter and I have been travelling around all over the place to play football recently.

"This time, I just thought I'd rather play locally and enjoy myself for a bit, at least until the end of the current season."

Meanwhile, Willand's home clash with Buckland Athletic tonight is subject to a pitch inspection at 10am.

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