Witham and Maldon managers agree referee's decision was the right one (From Braintree and Witham Times)
Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting BWT to 80360 or you can email us »
Witham and Maldon managers agree referee's decision was the right one
The referee’s call to abandon their Ryman League division one north game at Park Drive was the right one according to both managers from Maldon & Tiptree and Witham Town.
The game had reached the 65th minute with hosts Maldon leading 1-0 thanks to a delightful goal by Joe Gardner when increasingly thick mist made it impossible for the game to continue.
Witham manager Garry Kimble said: “It had got a bit of a lottery.
“I couldn’t see from where I was in the dugout and five minutes into the second half, the linesman said he couldn’t see.
“I think the referee wanted to give it a chance, but eventually he said he couldn’t see his linesmen from the middle of the pitch and you have to say it was a fair call.
“I feel sorry for (Maldon manager) Terry (Spillane) because his team were winning 1-0, but I thought we should have been three up before they even scored.
“We hadn’t taken our chances and then gave away a silly goal.
“Their lad cut in from the left and went past three players, but we didn’t even get a challenge in.
“It was a poor goal to give away, but I felt my lads played ever so well.
“The movement and pace up front frightened them in the first 15 to 20 minutes.
“With our balls into the box from set-pieces, we should have been two or three up before then even had an attempt on goal.
“If we had carried on I think we might have got an equaliser.
“We should have had a stonewall penalty and I thought we were on top in the second half, but it was a lottery after half-time and I think the referee made the right decision in calling it off.”
Spillane added: “It was fair enough because you couldn’t see the other side of the pitch from where I was.
“Obviously we’re disappointed because we were winning 1-0, but the shoe was on the other foot the other week when we were losing 4-3 and had the game called off.
“The referee has a job to do and the only thing that we said was that he could have given it ten minutes and it was much better, but that’s easy to say in hindsight.
“He made the right decision at the time and I can’t complain about it.
“You have to take it on the chin.
“Joe is disappointed, though, because his goal won’t count now.
“You don’t see many goals like the one he scored at this level, but he has that in his locker and he is getting more confident after getting a bad injury in pre-season.
“Overall, I thought we were playing really well against a very strong and organised side.
“They are very good at doing what they do and I felt we more than matched them.
“Who can say what would have happened, but I was very happy with the way the game was going.”
Comments are closed on this article.