Game Given "Every Chance" Says Ref

Last updated : 02 February 2002 By Jonathan Hall
The Whitley Bay official arrived at the York ground ready for an inital pitch inspection, scheduled for 10.30am. He remained on the pitch until 1.00pm.

"I was at the ground at 10.20am and stayed on the pitch from 10:30am until 1:00pm and we never had a drop of rain in that time. We left the pitch at that time and within half an hour we had a downpour."

The downpour which ensued caused Laws to "need to look again". He said, "the pitch had deterioarted enough for us to take another look, and there were a few boggy areas which can cause a player problems, if they run from a firm area to a soft one."

The penalty area, at the David Longhurst Stand end, was identified as a poignant problem area and the ball just wasn't bouncing according to the match official.

"By 2:00pm we knew we had a problem but by then most fans would be on the way anyway, so we left it another few minutes to try and give it every chance."

"I would like to thank York City for giving us every chance of getting the game on. It was really appreciated and at no time was pressure applied one way or the other," said Laws."

Alan Buckley commented that the decision was a "close call" - The Imps boss said, "The referee has made his decision as a professional and I'm not about to criticise that. I'm sure Terry Dolan would say the same, it was a close call".

Imps fans are on their way home after a will they/wont they merry-go-round.