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I can confirm that a pitch inspection took place at 10.30 and the game is off. It obviously isn't as frosty as it's been but I'm told the pitch is still rock hard and, with the temperature as it still is out there, there's no chance of it being playable by 3.00pm. The reason for the relatively early inspection is the distance that the players and officials have to travel (a number live quite a bit further than Borehamwood away) and I'm assuming that if there was any chance they'd have arranged for another inspection closer to the time?

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No suprise about the game. Shame really as for once EFM could be right, it really doesnt help with the financial side of thigns.<p> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[sad]" />

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I am actually a bit surprised that the match was called off so early. My north facing garden (in Jersey Farm, not 2 miles from the Park) would certainly have taken a short stud at 10.30 and is even more playable now. I also notice from Teletext that we appear to be the only Ryman match off as at 2.20! Surely they could have waited for a later inspection (after all, the Hendon match only appeared to be called off 60 minutes before KO and the weather was much more severe that day).<p>Ah well, that's it then!!<p>Rob

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by HBEE:

<strong>It obviously isn't as frosty as it's been but I'm told the pitch is still rock hard and, with the temperature as it still is out there, there's no chance of it being playable by 3.00pm. The reason for the relatively early inspection is the distance that the players and officials have to travel (a number live quite a bit further than Borehamwood away) and I'm assuming that if there was any chance they'd have arranged for another inspection closer to the time?</strong><hr></blockquote><p>Sitting here at home bemoaning the fact I am not out there watching a game right now I am obviously slightly bitter that today's game was called off. While I appreciate that the players safety is paramount and unnecesssary travel should be taken into account was it ever considered a) the importance of St Albans playing a game this Saturday, and B) the 500 - 600 spectators that have been inconvenienced.

Anybody who took a look out of the window or checked the weather forecast would have realised the conditions would have been perfectly playable by 3 P.m; the fact that every other Ryman Premier game is taking place speaks for itself. Who's decision was it that this early pitch inspection took place - the ref's? Perhaps he didn't fancy the trip up from Gillingham in the fog. Whatever, it is a travesty and all concerned should be ashamed of themselves.

Nuff said, rant over. Goodbye.

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Rob, I totally agree with you, how ridiculous. It is totally awful to see every other game in the Ryman League still on, and ours isn't. Why though? I think it was because like you said, the ref maybe couldn't be bothered! Oh well at least Canvey are getting thrashed in the FA Cup, it!s about time they lost!

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Rob,<p>Don't shoot the messenger. I'm no less frustrated than anyone else.

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Rob,<p>Don't shoot the messenger. I'm no less frustrated than anyone else.

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HBEE, I wasn't having a go at you, just quoting your message as info. <p>Can we confirm Heybridge at home on Jan 12th?<p> <img src="graemlins/icon21.gif" border="0" alt="[icon21]" />

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I don't know all the rights and wrongs of it but surely its better to know at 10.30 that a game is off than be told its on and arrive at the ground at 2.30pm to finds its off as happened to me New Years Day, fortunatly I'd not travelled far, or worse still the fiasco at Boston the same day when the game was abandoned at half time.

I say if there is serious doubt about a game call it off early, better safe than sorry!

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