Swindon's Sean Westall prays for a break in the weather

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SWINDON’S upcoming home clash with Witney is already in doubt following the postponement of Saturday’s visit of Wiltshire rivals Salisbury.

Heavy rain in the town throughout last week turned Swindon’s Greenbridge Road pitch into a swamp. When the wet weather returned in the hours leading up to the contest there was never any likelihood of the game going ahead.

With more rain set to come, the playing surface is being given little chance to recover, meaning this weekend’s game could easily go the same way.

“Conditions really weren’t great and the pitch is pretty much a bog now,” said Swindon captain Adam Westall.

“If it rains again I think we would struggle to play on Saturday and we need a week of no rain to get a game in. It wouldn’t be very nice but a few dry days would probably make the place playable at least.

“We were sad not to be able to get a game in this week but there was standing water all over the pitch.”

The consistent wet weather is likely to force the South West 1 East season to be extended by a week in a bid to fit in all the postponed fixtures.

“February was a good month for us with a few spare weekends for games but we now have three cancelled. March lends itself to a couple of spare weeks but it does look like the season will stretch over now.

“That creates difficulties because guys have things booked for April and things like that but we will just have to deal with it when that comes.

“It’s frustrating because we all want to be out there playing but we have to make the best of it.”

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