Date: 17th December 2015 at 8:51am
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Morecambe have announced new dates for the League 2 games with Exeter and Portsmouth, which were both postponed for varying reasons recently.

Exeter were due at the Globe Arena on Saturday but this game was postponed on the day of the game due to a waterlogged pitch so a new date of Tuesday 12th January has been set with this having a 7:45pm kick-off time.

With Portsmouth’s FA Cup involvement continuing into the New Year their proposed visit to the Globe Arena on Saturday 9th January couldn’t go ahead with Tuesday 2nd February selected instead, which also has a 7:45pm kick-off.

Regarding the Exeter postponement, this being called off at 1pm on the day of the game after torrential rain left the pitch unplayable with Shrimps boss Jim Bentley telling the Official Site he didn’t think Andy Haines (the referee) had any option.

‘It is a shame because we obviously really wanted to play but the referee had no choice really. The referee was here early and the pitch was playable this morning but the rain just didn’t stop and you have to think about the safety of the players. We are obviously disappointed because we were looking forward to our first Saturday home game for quite a while but it wasn’t to be and we have no complaints.’

Haines himself added.

‘I was at the ground at 9am and it was playable at 10am. The Morecambe ground staff worked hard to get it on and covered the most problematic areas. But 10 minutes after they took the covers off there were puddles and the ball just wasn’t rolling. We looked at the weather forecast which showed it was going to keep raining for some time and it would have been dangerous for the players.

‘No one likes calling games off and I really feel for the Exeter players and fans who would have made the journey and I spoke to Paul Tisdale but he fully understood that player safety has to be a priority.’

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