Exeter ready to hit the road
Exeter City's footballers plan to set off early tomorrow in the hope that their trip to Norwich will be neither mission impossible nor impassable.The Grecians face the unenviable task of trying to end the Canaries' run of eight successive League One home wins when the two sides meet at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm) - but first they have to get to Norfolk, today hit by more overnight snow.
Norwich City insist Saturday's Coca-Cola League One fixture against Exeter City (3pm) is currently planned to go ahead as scheduled.
“With more snowfall and icy conditions forecast, this situation is continually being monitored, but the club is doing everything possible to fulfil the fixture,” said a statement on the club's official website.
Supporters travelling to the ground on Saturday are asked to take extra caution and to allow extra time to make the journey.
Exeter's footballers plan to set off early tomorrow in the hope that their trip to Norwich will be neither mission impossible nor impassable.
The Grecians face the unenviable task of trying to end the Canaries' run of eight successive League One home wins when the two sides meet at Carrow Road - but first they have to get to Norfolk, today hit by more overnight snow.
The Exeter party have decided to travel by coach and are due to set off at 9am tomorrow with South West England expecting more heavy snow showers.
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But they are heartened by the fact that the undersoil heating at Norwich should guarantee the go-ahead for the fixture once they arrive, provided the approaches to the ground and surrounds are not badly affected by the latest bout of bad weather.
Exeter general manager and veteran goalkeeper Andy Marriott said they were ready for the 300-mile plus trip from Devon.
He said: “We are leaving on Friday morning and it could be a long trip, but we are used to long trips.
“Norwich have undersoil heating, which is a bonus. I think there will be a lot of games postponed this weekend but I expect our game to get the go-ahead. I would expect the pitch to be 100 per cent.”
The Canaries have had their heating switched on since the beginning of the week and have not lost a first team match to a frozen pitch since the system was first installed in 1993.
Exeter, meanwhile, must decide whether their supporters' coaches will run.
Travel organiser John Bishop said: “The issue is getting there because we are going to have go cross-country.”
Exeter have won just once in the last seven League One games, have taken just eight points from 12 away games and are 18th in the table, so if the Grecians earn a point or three it will be a major success. They will be without two men through suspension - forward Barry Corr and defender Troy Archibald-Henville, who was on loan with the Canaries last season but never played a first team game.
The two sides drew 1-1 in August the day after Bryan Gunn's sacking as City manager.