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Scunthorpe United ground staff praised after League Cup game with Notts County went ahead

Joe Jones

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Scunthorpe United have released a statement publicly thanking the ground staff for ensuring that their League Cup game with Notts County went ahead.

Torrential rain fell from the early evening all the way to the penalty shootout, the conditions forcing the postponement of the Grimsby game not far up the road.

Although conditions were pretty poor, the officials saw no need to call the game off at any time.

The statement, on the official Iron site, read:

The club would like to publicly commend our ground staff for their terrific work in ensuring our Carabao Cup round one clash against Notts County went ahead on Tuesday.

Head Groundsman Graham Colby, Assistant Head Groundsman Oli Makin and the other ground staff Gary Spindley, Reginald Jones, Ross Ritchie and Jordan Stevenson worked tirelessly from early on Tuesday morning to ensure the pitch was in a playable condition for the encounter.
Despite torrential rain throughout the day - and during the match - referee David Webb indicated he was happy with the surface with the game going the distance to penalties after a 3-3 draw.
During the intervals, our ground staff were instantly on the pitch to tend to the pitch for the next period of play, which even included repainting the penalty spot ahead of the shoot-out.
Chief Executive Officer James Rodwell said: “It is testament to our ground staff that we were able to commence and then complete 120 minutes plus penalties against Notts County. As a football club, we were eager to get the fixture played and, due to the efforts of our team, we were able to celebrate reaching the second round of the competition. Our thanks go to them for their continued hard work.”

Do you think they did a good job? Were you happy for the game to continue, or do you think it should have been called off?

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The game proceeded, so they must have done something right.

It looked surreal in the pictures and fan videos which I've seen, it probably should have been called off but credit to them for making the game happen. I think we can come a way from it feeling like the players gave 100%, so if the game had have been called off - we'd not have this.

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