MANSFIELD TOWN'S home League Two game against Crawley tonight has been postponed.
The Stags – currently fourth – were looking to close the gap on league leaders Lincoln.
@mansfieldtownfc5 Mansfield Town's home game against Crawley has been postponed
@mansfieldtownfc5 Heavy rain fell throughout the afternoon at the One Call Stadium meaning the pitch was unplayable
But their pitch at One Call Stadium was waterlogged after heavy rain in Nottinghamshire. The game will be rearranged in due course by the clubs and the EFL
Mansfield's head groundsman Michael Merriman said it took referee Michael Salisbury a matter of seconds to call it off.
Merriman said: “It was literally seconds. As soon as he [referee] came on he said straight away: ‘This won’t happen’.
“It’s one of them where it’s two to three inches deep in places. It started about half past two and was steady for half an hour, but then it really started coming.
POSTPONED: Our scheduled Sky Bet League Two fixture against @crawleytown has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, images of which can be seen below 👇 pic.twitter.com/yDi9No4i1b
— Mansfield Town FC (@mansfieldtownfc) November 27, 2018
@mansfieldtownfc5 The game will be rearranged in due course by the clubs and the EFL
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“I was talking to one of the lads who was in town earlier and he thought [the same] with the weather shooting down – it just hasn’t given up all night."
Merriman had prepared the pitch in the best way he could but it was simply unplayable.
He added: “You spike as normal, and you know it’s coming, you just don’t know how bad.
“Obviously I didn’t see it coming this crazy. You prepare as normal but it was just too much rain in one go.
Reuters5 The Stags were looking to close the gap on league leaders Lincoln
Reuters5 Manager David Flitcroft made the most of the postponement to go and watch rivals Notts County
“We’ll leave the pitch alone and let it drain away for now. If we try and go on there now we’ll just make it a sloppy mess so there’s no point in damaging it.
“If we played the game, would there be any point in damaging it for just one game when it’s a long old season? It’s just one of them things.”
Mansfield manager David Flitcroft now has chance to go on an extra spying mission as neighbours Notts County host Carlisle tonight.
Mansfield's next League Two game is the big local derby against Notts on December 8 so the manager grabbed his opportunity.