Date: 8th January 2009 at 8:23pm
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Shrewsbury Town have reported that they are confident Saturday’s derby clash against Chester will get the green light despite the current freezing temperatures.

A host of matches were called off last weekend while all of Tuesday’s league fixtures were postponed due to the sub-zero conditions that have left pitches unplayable.

Protective covers have been laid at the Prostar Stadium and, with temperatures expected to rise ahead of the weekend, the club are upbeat about the game taking place.

General manager Jon Harris told the club’s official website: ‘The groundstaff have been hard at work all week to help ensure the pitch has every chance of being ready for Saturday’s game.

‘With the work they have done and the weather forecast we are hopeful there will be no problems that could affect the Chester game. The fans can be assured we are constantly monitoring the weather and state of the playing surface.’

Manager Paul Simpson added: ‘We are lucky as we are not struggling for (training) facilities, it’s just a case of keeping everyone wrapped up from the cold but also wrapped up in cotton wool to keep them right.’