Pitchgate at the Walks following late postponement of Lynn v Alvechurch
King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse says the decision to postpone Saturday’s home game against Alvechurch should have been made earlier – and not at the 11th hour.
Overnight frost had left the Walks pitch unplayable, with areas in front of the main stand frozen – but a pitch inspection didn’t take place until an hour before kick-off.
Despite assurances from club officials on Twitter that the game was ‘definitely on’, the match officials were left with little option but to call the game off shortly after their arrival at the ground.
“I think the right decision has been made, but it could have been done earlier,” admitted Culverhouse.
“I think we should have had an inspection a lot earlier, or even the day before.
“They have travelled a long way – if it was around the other way we would been as annoyed as they were.
“I think this side (the main stand) is too dangerous and all you need is someone to bang a head or something like that and we would be in trouble.”
The decision angered visiting Alvechurch players and officials who were unhappy that an inspection hadn’t been called earlier, prior to them leaving their Midlands base at 10am.
Despite the call-off, visiting players – clearly frustrated by their wasted journey – and their coaching staff took to the surface for a quick training session.
King's Lynn Town officials asked them to stop, but they refused and it prompted several minutes of heated exchanges between both camps to end a sorry episode which could have been avoided had the game been postponed earlier.
Lynn director of football Robbie Back, manager Ian Culverhouse and his assistant Paul Bastock were all involved in the stand-off before Alvechurch reluctantly agreed to leave the field.
“I think it was a little bit out of order to be fair,” said Culverhouse.
“It’s the first time I have ever seen it, but you don’t do that.
"It is not our fault that the game has been called off.
“We wanted to play as much as them and they seem to be blaming us for getting them all the way down here.
“We can’t train on it so why should the opposing team train on it?”