Rayment angry at late decision to call off game

Pat Rayment
Pat Rayment

Spalding United manager Pat Rayment says the decision to call off Saturday’s game at Gresley was “an absolute disgrace”.

The postponement came just 40 minutes before kick-off, leaving the Tulips frustrated and facing another trip to south Derbyshire when the match is rearranged.

The pitch looked playable and both teams were happy to go ahead – but the referee and his assistants decided otherwise despite protests.

Rayment said: “The decision to call off the game was an absolute disgrace and the officials should be ashamed of themselves.

“It was a nonsense. If this game is off then most fixtures over the winter period will have to be postponed as well.

“The pitch was fine and fit to play on. It was a no-brainer.

“The officials have caused unbelievable inconvenience and put a lot of people out. It was a joke.

“I must say Gresley were brilliant but the officials need to be held accountable for their decision.

“We will have to come back in midweek but the officials will take away their expenses and be happy with that.”

The postponement could also affect Tuesday night’s Evo-Stik League Doodson Sport Cup third-round tie at home to Premier Division side Barwell.

Rayment had been looking to rotate his squad in a break from league action but he may now field a stronger side.

Rayment added: “It’s a cup game which we want to win but my selection process will be different now as we didn’t play on Saturday.

“It’s another inconvenience so I might play a full-strength side.

“I’m fully aware of the strength of Premier Division teams and Barwell might look to rotate their squad as they are going for a play-off place.”