Braintree positive over pitch but Witham face an inspection for New Year's Day clash

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree positive over pitch but Witham face an inspection for New Year's Day clash Braintree positive over pitch but Witham face an inspection for New Year's Day clash

Braintree Town have said they are "positive" that tomorrow's Skrill Premier fixture will go ahead against Cambridge United.

A big crowd is expected for the game at the Amlin Stadium and work has been done on the pitch to make sure it is fit for play (kick-off 3pm).

Wet weather has hit some local fixtures in recent weeks with playing surfaces getting waterlogged, but the Iron are hopeful that they will get tomorrow's game on.

A statement on the club website said: "The latest news from the Amlin Stadium pitch is fairly positive!

"What little surface water remains from this morning's rain will be cleared by our three ground staff who will be working all day on the pitch and into the evening if necessary.

"The forecast is dry until tomorrow lunchtime with light and moderate rainfall forecast thereafter.

"Therefore, at this time, we do not foresee the need for an early inspection and we'll update further this evening and tomorrow morning.

"Both sides are keen to play and supporters are advised to purchase tickets in advance for this match, given the expected interest, but those that do decide to pay on the gate are advised to arrive in sufficient time to allow entry before kick-off at 3pm."

However, Witham Town face a pitch inspection early on New Year's Day as they try to get their Ryman League division one north fixture against Barkingside on.

Town's scheduled game against Dereham Town was postponed on Saturday and an inspection will be carried out at 8.30am tomorrow to determine whether the pitch is playable or not.

The game is due to kick-off at 1pm if the pitch inspection is positive.

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