Saturday, 4 January 2014

Cherries cup tie called off!

While it was not that unexpected that the match officials decided in the end to call off AFCB's match against Burton in the FA Cup third round it was a much delayed decision and none to easy for either sets of fans as they sat waiting to hear news on twitter. The Burton fans had little choice but to travel for the game coming from Derbyshire and they must have been praying that the game would be on. At midday thing looked okay as the pitch passed the first inspection, but there was an eerie worry that it could be postponed when the referee wanted to further monitor the situation every half hour.

While the officials (Ian Williamson was the referee) and AFCB waited for Burton Albion and Gary Rowett to arrive, the rain kept pouring and we awaited further news. The concern over player safety was an important one in the slippery conditions and several balls were taken out by the match officials to see how well the ball would run. the West stand looked to be the most suspect in terms of passing as much forking was carried out in front of the stand and in the corners. But for all the efforts of the ground staff this was not going to be an easy task to get the match on.

The game was finally called off at 13:45pm when BBC Radio Solent were first to tweet the postponement. No doubt there will be an inquiry into why fans were not informed earlier.

At least AFCB fans can watch the four round draw take place knowing that the Cherries are still in the pot. Eddie Howe gives his reaction to the match postponement speaking to Kris Temple at BBC Radio Solent - the sound bar is in the right hand panel opposite on Cherry Chimes, just scroll down until you see it and click on to listen.

On other club news, Yeovil Town are said to be interested in Wes Thomas as well as Swindon Town.

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