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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Workington Reds unhappy at Chester match call-off

WORKINGTON’S top holiday attraction – a visit from runaway Blue Square North leaders Chester – was called off 80 minutes ahead of Saturday’s scheduled kick-off.

Darren Edmondson photo
Darren Edmondson

Darwen referee Simeon Lucas decided that the pitch was not fit to play because of the persistent rain.

But Reds boss Darren Edmondson felt that the official had come under pressure from Chester manager Neil Young, whom he felt wasn’t keen on the game going ahead.

“We obviously have to accept the referee’s final decision but my own opinion was that we could have given it a go.

“The rain did stop shortly after the final inspection and I think it was playable. Neil clearly wasn’t happy about the pitch, possibly because he thought it would be something of a leveller.

“There was a small area in the town end half of the field where the ball didn’t bounce, but for the most part the rest of the pitch was okay,” said Edmondson.

Referee Lucas, who actually had charge of the 1-0 win for Chester against Reds back in August, said he made his decision on safety grounds and had been put under no pressure by either management team.

Several Chester fans had arrived early and when they saw how the pitch looked, they expressed major surprise that the game was being called off.

Up to 250 had been expected and with the re-arranged date expected to be a Tuesday, Workington will probably miss out on that amount of travelling support for the leaders.

No new date has been agreed yet but it’s likely to be within the next three or four weeks.

Reds’ Conference North fixture against Brackley Town, which had been postponed on Saturday, December 1 because of a frozen pitch, has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 12, 2013 kick-off 7.45pm.

The game had been provisionally rescheduled for Tuesday, January 15th but has now been confirmed as the March date.

Meanwhile, Reds’ Boxing Day trip to Harrogate Town might already be in some doubt. The pitch has had problems all season and a continuation of the wet weather will have dire consequences.

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