HEAVY overnight rain foiled Lyme Regis FC’s attempt to stage their first game at the Davey Fort in 15 weeks.
Groundsman Billy White spent seven hours remarking the pitch on Thursday and although still wet he was hopeful that a game could have been played today with the Devon & Exeter League fixture backlog starting to worry league officials who have agreed to extend one of the wettest seasons on record to the end of May.
The Seasiders, rejuvenated under caretaker manger Mark Bailey, were due to entertain Wellington Reserves in Division One and a number of first teamers turned up with forks this morning to spike the field in a bid to get the Davey Fort playable.
White, conscious of the fixture backlog and the financial effect this has on club finances, said he would not stop the game being played, but after an inspection by club chairman Howard Larcombe, vice-chairman Gerard Hitchcock and secretary Rob Thom, it was agreed that the referee would almost certainly call the game off had they not postponed the fixture.
I was at the Davey Fort when the decision was made and it was the right one. No ref would have allowed the game to go on and Lyme would have had to pay his and Wellington’s travelling expenses had Lyme not made this decision.
The Seasiders are now due to meet title favourites Colyton, who have played only nine league games so far this season, at home on Wednesday evening, but with rain forecasted again for Monday and Tuesday, this crucial fixture must also be in doubt.
At the time of writing (11.30m), Lyme Reserves’ Division Five game at Central was still on and was the Rovers’ Bill Bailey Cup semi-final clash with Merriott Dynamos at the Woodroffe School.
SATURDAY UPDATE at 12.30 pm: Rovers’ game at Woodroffe School now off.