COVENTRY City’s home game against Lincoln City at the Ricoh Arena is set to go ahead as scheduled despite the weather – and is a “big opportunity”, says boss Mark Robins.
It’s an important match for two reasons – the Sky Blues renewed promotion push, and Legends Day 2018, set to feature more than 50 former players and a special tribute to the late Cyrille Regis.
Coventry City Football Club said this morning the pitch at the Ricoh Arena is playable, with undersoil heating keeping it in “good condition”.
Undersoil heating had also enabled Tuesday’s away fixture at third-placed Wycombe Wanderers to go ahead, when City registered an impressive 1-0 win to complement a creditable 1-1 draw with 10 men at other high-flyers Mansfield last week.
The CCFC website states today: “Surrounding areas of the stadium and car parks are clear, and major routes in Coventry running as normal. We’d like to thank staff at the Ricoh Arena for their hard work combatting the weather in the last few days.
“We do not envisage the situation changing between now and kick-off on Saturday.
“Fans travelling to the game are advised to leave extra time for their journey, and to keep checking local radio and news outlets for the latest traffic information.”
Legends Day will be followed by A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Cyrille Regis MBE at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday when the weather is expected to be much better, at around 5 degrees C.
The Sky Blues are one place and three points off the League Two play-off places in eighth, with a game in hand over seventh-placed Swindon.
Lincoln are a point behind the Sky Blues, having lost their last two league games.
Robins said this morning: “The weather hasn’t disrupted us too much.
“Tuesday’s game was a blessing. We have managed to get sufficient work into them and we will get another session into them this afternoon.
“After the last two, this game is a big opportunity. There are twelve games left and we have a big opportunity.
“We have to look forward and play without fear. We have to go and do what we know we can do and if we can achieve that then we will be there or there abouts.
“Last weekend’s performance against Mansfield was outstanding, becuase they are a really good side.
“We took that into the Wycombe game, against a side that are free-scoring and we kept a clean sheet. We weren’t spectacular but we got a result and that is what you need to do in the away games.
Lincoln City were promoted to the Football League last season under management pair Danny Cowley and brother Nicky and are expected to bring more than 3,500 fans to the Ricoh.
Robins added: “It is all to play for. We have got a great opportunity and we have to enjoy it. The key thing is to go ahead without any fear. Enjoy it and brace what we have got. Lincoln have sold nearly four-thousand and I hope they all get here safely because it will make for a really good atmosphere.”