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Newport frustrated at postponments

Newport County claim to have lost £180,000 in gate receipts after having five of their last six home fixtures postponed.

Tonight’s League Two match against Fleetwood was the latest victim of the weather and there are already doubts about next Tuesday’s home game against AFC Wimbledon at Rodney Parade.

Newport will have four games in hand over the top three and they sit just outside the play off positions but chief executive Dave Boddy has labelled the current situation in Wales as ‘devastating’.

“Frustration is not the word,” he said.

“It’s killing us on all fronts – on the cash flow front we’re now £180,000 down just on the gates for the five games we’ve had postponed.

“On the football front obviously all the momentum we had going into the Christmas period, when we were in the play-off places has gone, so it’s just devastating and depressing.”

Boddy also revealed that they had tried, but failed, to get the match with Wimbledon switched to Kingsmeadow.

“We talked to Wimbledon today about the possibility of reversing the fixture, whilst they did say that they would look at the suggestion they weren’t confident they would be able to accommodate that,” added Boddy.

Drainage improvements were started on the pitch in the summer of 2013, but were not finished before the start of the football season.

The Iron are due to visit Rodney Parade on 1st March.

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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