FC United P-P Warrington Rylands FC

Feb 18, 2024 | Club News, Match Reports

Match abandoned after hour mark due to waterlogged pitch

The Northern Premier League Premier Division affair was all square at 0-0 when the referee Daniel McDonald decided to call a halt to proceedings in the 61st minute due to the impact of heavy rain on the Broadhurst Park pitch. A pitch inspection was required prior to kick-off, with the FC United groundsman working diligently to prepare one side of the pitch close to the touch line in order to make it playable at 3pm.

The forecasted rain began as soon as the players entered the field as FC United started brightly, forcing an early double save from goalkeeper Luke Pilling.

A Joe Adam’s free-kick in the 20th minute took a deflection off an FC player to force a save at the other end. Djavan Pedro was a constant threat to the United back line, getting a few chances on target that were kept out by Murray-Jones in the FC goal.

New signing Florian Yonsian made his first appearance for the club, coming on for Joe Adam’s at the break as the rain continued to pour.

It was in the 61st minute that referee Daniel McDonald halted play and, with both teams in agreement that conditions were too poor to continue the goalless game, it was decided that conditions were no longer safe to continue.

Despite the postponement manager Michael Clegg was pleased with the performance of his team, “It was a good game. They were really lively the first couple of minutes and we were good in the first half but then conditions just got really tough and I think ultimately at 0-0 it was the right decision,” said Clegg.

“We were lively, we managed to get Florian on the pitch in the second half and he looked lively. I thought DJ (Djavan Pedro) looked really good.”

“I thought we created some decent moments in the first half. I think we’ve got to take a couple of them chances, one where DJ could have probably opened his body up and put it in the far corner but he did really well today.”

The replay of this fixture will now take place on Tuesday 5th March.

The Blues, who have now slipped to third spot after results elsewhere, will host 16th-places Gainsborough Trinity at The Hive Arena next weekend.