Gary Johnson: Yeovil Town must beat snow to keep Preston North End game on
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes it is imperative that the club beats extreme wintery conditions to host Preston North End tomorrow.
Overnight snow has left South Somerset under a white blanket, with showers forecast to continue through the afternoon.
However, the Huish Park pitch was yesterday protected by frost covers able to tolerate temperatures as low as -5 Celsius.
Johnson applauded groundstaff's effort to ensure the clash went ahead with the Glovers a point away from npower League One's play-off spots and having won four of their last five league outings.
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He said: "The fact that they are working on it is good. I know we have got frost and snow coming but at this moment in time it is looking very much on and we need it on.
"It's a very important game for us to be on this week, some of the reasons I can't go public with. It's a good game to make sure we get on and it's good that the club is working very hard in any eventuality – frost, hail or snow – to get the game on."
Full back Joe Edwards echoed his new manager's thoughts with the Thursday arrival from Bristol City in line for his full debut as a permanently contracted Glover against struggling Preston.
"They are having a poor spell but that can always lead to them working harder," he said. "We are just looking at the next game and to back up the performance from last Saturday (at Sheffield United). We need a big performance.
"You always prepare for the game to be on. Fingers crossed it will be and hopefully we can keep the form going.
"Yeovil haven't missed any games over Christmas so they have got that run going. With a few home games hopefully we can give something to the home fans."