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Undersoil heating not an option for Inverness Caley Thistle

By Andrew Henderson

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle say they did everything they could to get last Saturday’s postponed match against Alloa Athletic played.

Last weekend's match was called off due to a frozen pitch.
Last weekend's match was called off due to a frozen pitch.

The club had put down frost covers, but temperatures dipped below the range that covers are effective in.

Undersoil heating was not an option for ICT either, as the Caledonian Stadium has not had that in place since improving the pitch’s drainage. That meant a fifth Saturday in-a-row without a match.

“Undersoil heating only works if you’ve got no snow on the pitch anyway, and we did,” manager John Robertson explained.

“It is what it is, normally the covers will work down to minus three and you’ll be okay, but there’s a huge difference when you’ve had a couple of days at minus-four.

“The frost doesn’t come out of the ground, and that was all it was.

“Three quarters of the pitch was perfect, it was just the bottom end where it was deemed too hard.

“We’ll have to watch, because you can’t put the covers down too early or else it kills the grass, and you end up with no grass on the pitch.

“It’s a juggling act at the moment, but we’re no different to anyone else.”

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