AFC Wimbledon’s game against Port Vale is set to go ahead after the London side confirmed that a pitch inspection was not required before Thursday’s televised clash.
The game was in doubt earlier this week and the club called on volunteers to help clear the Kingsmeadow pitch of snow. However, milder weather conditions now mean that a frozen pitch is unlikely and the game can go ahead as planned.
AFC Wimbledon commented on Thursday morning that: “unless there is a major snow storm or something between now and kick off, it’s all systems go.”
OVF editor Rob Fielding, who works in nearby Putney, added: “The conditions here on Thursday are pretty mild with most of the snow having melted away. I wouldn’t imagine there will be any concerns over a frozen pitch and as long as any remaining snow and ice isn’t a danger for fans entering the ground, I can’t see why the game shouldn’t go ahead. ”
Fielding concluded: “All credit to the Wimbledon fans for volunteering and ensuring that the match can be played.”
Another thriller at Kingsmeadow?
Vale’s first trip to the Kingsmeadow stadium ended in a five goal thriller last season. Goals from Sam Morsy and Louis Dodds were not enough as Christian Jolley’s last-minute strike secured a 3-2 win for the hosts.