Frozen pitch frustrates city

PUBLISHED: 10:06 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

ST ALBANS City must rearrange their tie with Dorchester Town after last weekend s game was called off due to a frozen pitch. Club Secretary Steve Eames prepared the pitch on Friday when it was perfectly playable but things changed after an overnight fros

ST ALBANS City must rearrange their tie with Dorchester Town after last weekend's game was called off due to a frozen pitch.

Club Secretary Steve Eames prepared the pitch on Friday when it was perfectly playable but things changed after an overnight frost. "I rolled it on Friday and it would take a stud" said Eames. "I spoke to Dorchester on Friday and said I'm reasonably confident that it would go ahead and they agreed to travel on the basis that, although we were due a frost, the previous two nights hadn't been as bad."

Unfortunately for City the pitch froze overnight and Eames was left with the difficult decision of either calling it off early or giving it a chance to thaw out.

"I got here just after 10am and it was white on top. We thought we'd give it a couple of hours to try and thaw out because we all thought it would. I'd spoken to [Chairman] John Gibson and he agreed we'd try and get it on."

The pitch didn't improve and Eames had no option but to call in a local referee to do a pitch inspection. "The match official was Sean Feerick from Peterborough. Just after midday, a local referee from Borehamwood came over and he did the key test and walked up and down the pitch and he looked at me and shook his head. I could have called it off but we're not allowed to."

City's reserves were due to take on their Hemel Hempstead counterparts on Monday but that too was a victim of the weather. The players instead attempted to train on the pitch but this proved difficult. "They tried to train on it last night but all they could do was running in straight lines and going up and down," said Eames. "I'm really disappointed because of the amount I time I put in getting the pitch ready. I haven't got a date for the re-arranged game yet, I think we'll leave it a couple of weeks and try and get this weather out of the way!

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