Farsley Celtic’s crunch game against relegation rivals Blyth Spartans was called off by referee Paul Cooper at five past three this afternoon – much to the annoyance of hundreds of fans already in the stadium.
A heavy downpour from around 1.30pm had led to representatives of both teams working to get the Citadel pitch playable, with efforts concentrating on the far goalmouth.
Kick-off was delayed from 3pm until 3.15pm but at 3.05pm referee Cooper decided the game couldn’t be played due to an unsafe pitch.
Fans reacted with disappointment to the late decision.
Photographer John McEvoy captured some of the scenes at The Citadel this afternoon:
After the postponement the home side put on an impromptu training session in the subsequent sunshine.
A new date for the game will be announced in due course.
Farsley Celtic remain one point and one place above Leamington, who still occupy fourth bottom after their 3-0 defeat to Kettering.
The Celts now have a game in hand over Leamington. Blyth remain third from bottom, three points behind Farsley but with a superior goal difference, having played the same number of games.
Farsley next travel to third-placed Chester on Saturday.