Feb 15 2014 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
CRAWLEY Town, Tranmere's scheduled opponents on Tuesday, have ruled out the prospect of playing games at an alternative ground to ease their fixture backlog.
Crawley have played just two league games since December 29 and must squeeze in 21 League One fixtures in the next 11 weeks.
After facing Carlisle at the Broadfield Stadium today, they are due to host Tranmere in a re-arranged League One game on Tuesday. Both fixtures rest on the pitch withstanding the heavy rain of the past weeks.
John Gregory’s side already face the prospect of playing on the next eight Tuesdays and their problems could mount with further postponements.
Chief executive Michael Dunford said: “Obviously it would cause problems if another game was off but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
"We’re not looking at alternative venues because I don’t think the Football League would allow us to do that. If it came to it we might have to play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday but it is too early to think about that yet.”
l Former Tranmere defender Mike Jackson, handed the managerial reins at Shrewsbury for an initial run of five games following Graham Turner’s resignation, has picked up one point from his first three matches at the helm.
But he has made no secret of his desire to take on the job full-time and is adamant he can improve the team’s fortunes if given time.
He said: “I didn’t think when I came in here it was all going to go swimmingly and we were going to win 20 games on the spin.
“But since I have come in we have tried to move things forward.”