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Hot air means Mansfield/Lincoln game is on

Television broadcasters ESPN and Mansfield Town Football Club have funded a pitch covering system to ensure tonight's match goes ahead. Stags are set to play Lincoln City in an eagerly awaited FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round Replay.

Following recent frosty weather in Mansfield, ground staff assisted in covering the pitch with a state of the art 'pitch dome' which blows hot air onto the grass surface. Head groundsman Michael Merriman said:

"This system should safeguard the game going ahead. It's a game saver. There are 12 gas cylinderswhich will blow hot air on to the pitch which will keep it nice and warm."

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