Players, supporters and officials of Downham Town FC were left frustrated on Saturday, as their match away at Long Melford was called off just 30 minutes before kick off by the match referee, writes Ed Colman.
Melford described conditions as “perfect at 1pm,” however heavy snowfall meant the playing surface had become waterlogged and consequently the pitch was deemed dangerous by the officials.
Downham Town defender Andy Roseblade took to Twitter on Saturday evening to voice his frustration stating: “Decision should have been made far sooner, rather than by the time both teams had completed their warm-up.”
Town’s assistant manager Lewis Thompson tweeted the decision was an “absolute disgrace” and told the Lynn News the decision was a farce.
“The words I used on Twitter is exactly how I would sum it up, it was a bit of a farce in all honesty and when the match officials are still in their suits at 2:45 despite the fact both sides have been out there warming up.
“It was frustrating all round as both sides wanted to get the game on, but seemed to be no desire from the match officials to do so, and it just makes it easy to see why clubs are in financial difficulty when away trips are not cheap to make and games are being called off so late.
“We left it as late as we could to leave Downham and by leaving at 12:15 we were hoping they would be able to see what the weather was looking like and it’s incredibly frustrating for us having got ourselves prepared for the game.
“It also means we got to make the trip again, which will probably be a Tuesday night and the last thing you really want is a mid-week pile up when we already have Great Yarmouth away to play. It makes a big difference to us when we travel mid-week as players have to try and leave work early and it affects our preparation which is never ideal.
“We have got a good thing going at the moment.
“We are playing well and we want games to be coming on a regular basis so we can build momentum and keep our run going.”
n Swaffham Town’s match away at Cornard United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, prompting a hastily arranged training session for the squad.
The Under 18’s hope to restart their campaign tomorrow evening, away to Mildenhall Town.