In common with many others I’ve wasted the last couple of hours going to, and returning from Northwood.
The facts are these, knowing the likely conditions and the weather forecast we organised an early morning pitch inspection from a local ref. He passed the Northwood pitch fit at that stage.
Unfortunately the heavy rain continued throughout the morning so when the match referee turned up he decided that conditions had deteriorated to the extent that the game was called off (about 1.30), despite Maidstone’s players and fans having made the journey.
What is most frustrating is that as the home club we have to pay for Maidstone’s coach, the officials’ expenses (including for the morning inspection, we have a box of unused programmes and will expect a lower crowd when the fixture is rearranged. Total cost to Wealdstone roughly £1,000 – and nothing much anyone can do about it.
Let’s hope that Tuesday’s Middlesex Cup game is on.