Bradbury: Decision was a disgrace

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Lee Bradbury was left frustrated by the late postponement of last night’s Skrill South game against Maidenhead United at Westleigh Park.

Referee Rob Hyde called the game off less than an hour before kick-off, deciding parts of the pitch were unfit.

He was particularly worried about a muddy section in the middle of the pitch, regarding it as unsafe.

Hawks manager Bradbury was stunned by the decision.

He felt it was a match both teams were happy to play in the conditions.

Bradbury said: ‘It is an absolute disgrace.

‘We have played games in a lot worse conditions than this.

‘Both teams wanted to play the game and we have all been left totally frustrated.

‘The referee said further rain was forecast and he wasn’t prepared to go ahead.

‘I suggested we could start the game and, if it did rain and make it dangerous we could then call it off.

‘He wouldn’t have it.’

The Hawks were keen to play the game having broken into the play-off positions by beating Bromley 1-0 at the weekend.

The home side viewed the game, against their relegation battling visitors as a chance to continue their push towards the end-of-season battle for glory.

Another win would have seen them put a bit more daylight between themselves and their play-off chasing rivals.

The Hawks remain a point ahead of sixth-placed Dover Athletic with a game in hand.

Bradbury is keen to get points on the board and wipe out the heavy schedule his team have faced.

He said: ‘Games in hand are no good to anyone, we want to get them played.

‘Now it looks like the game will be rearranged for the final week of the season.

‘That is an inconvenience we could well have done without.’

Bradbury, however, intends to make the most of the situation and turn it into a positive.

It gives his squad a well-earned rest ahead of their crucial game against rivals Concord Rangers at Westleigh Park on Saturday.

He intends to give them a few days off before holding a light training session on Thursday.

It will also allow defender Ryan Woodford more time to get over his flu and he is expected to return to the squad this week.

‘Ryan has played 15 games in 36 days and it finally caught up with him,’ said Bradbury.

‘He has been terrific for us since getting his place back.’

Bradbury’s priority now is to keep the play-off chase going in the final two weeks.

Considering the horrendous schedule of games they have faced, the team have dug in superbly.

‘The fact that we have forced our way into the top six is a credit to the players and all the hard work they have put in on and off the pitch,’ said Bradbury.