‘We should have played it’: FC boss slams referee’s postponement decision

Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
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Aylesbury FC were left kicking their heels after their game against relegation battlers North Greenford United was called off on Saturday.

Player-manager Craig Faulconbridge was quick to slam the referee’s decision that the surface at Haywood Way was unplayable especially after he held a training session on the adjoining pitch following the announcement.

He said: It’s extremely frustrating for us. We should have played it. The ref might have looked at it and thought ‘it’s too much like hard work, really’.

“Everyone wanted to play it. Any footballer wants to play.”

The former Coventry striker said the club tried their utmost to convince the referee to reverse his decision but to no avail.

The decision was even more bizarre after FC had held a successful pitch inspection with another FA referee at 11am.

The postponement means that the Moles now sit in 15th and five games behind many of their rivals in the The Evo-Stik Division One Central.

And Faulconbridge said the sheer number of cancellations is unlike anything he’s seen before.

He added: “It’s the first time I’ve ever experienced it this bad. If the weather just changes at any point, even for a little bit, it affects everything.”

FC are now set to play two games a week until April provided there are no more postponements.

Faulconbridge added: “We’re looking at it as points to gain.”

Next up for FC is Chertsey Town on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).