Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he is frustrated at seeing a second weekend being badly affected by the weather. The Glovers had their League One match against Peterborough United postponed this afternoon, and Skivo explained that with his side currently stuck in the relegation zone in 23rd place, he wanted to take steps to get them out of that as quickly as possible.
Today's postponement came after local referee Jeff Cox inspected the pitch, and speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo said that aside from the three inches of snow, that the main problem was that the home terrace end of the ground was likely to be slower to thaw from any freezing temperatures:
"That end (by the covered home terrace) doesn't really get any sunlight and the pitch is frozen underneath, which is terrible for us because of the situation that we're in. We want to play games, and with the game against Peterborough and Gary (Johnson) coming back there (were) loads of under-currents of a great story happening at the weekend. We're desperate to play football. For us, if it goes another week, all you're doing is your fitness work and your training which we have programmed in already, as we knew this was going to come in. So we've got alternative venues and we're working on that, but as professionals you want to be playing every week."
With the wintry weather having disrupted things during the past week, there's been little opportunity for the first team squad to train at Huish Park. Skiverton added that they were having to split their training up between limited outdoor work on the club's training pitch, and more in depth sessions using an indoor facility in the town:
"We were up on the top pitch this morning which was all fitness work, all with straight lines and no turning, because you're just about able to run up there. We then went down and had a second session at an indoor 3G pitch that's in the middle of Yeovil. So we got a bit of football work in there. So we've been doing fitness work in the mornings and we've been training every afternoon to make sure that the players are topped up and they're ready for when this break does come to an end. Last year we had a little spell like that (after Christmas and through to mid-January) and then we went to Leyton Orient and we got beaten and we didn't play well. So we're just changing a few things there to make sure it doesn't happen this time."
Last season, the Glovers went between December 28th 2009 and January 19th 2010 without playing a match - a gap of 22 days between games. Today's postponement takes Yeovil Town up to 14 days without a match - assuming next week's FA Cup game at Hartlepool United goes ahead, so the wintry weather would have to last somewhat longer to break last year's spell.
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