Hawks hit back at 'ludicrous' claims

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Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter has cast doubt over the decision to postpone last Monday's league game at West Leigh Park.

Parmenter wrote to the Blue Square South authorities asking them to investigate the circumstances surrounding the postponement, suggesting the game may have been called off without a proper pitch inspection.

Hawks secretary Trevor Brock, one of the most experienced administrators in non-league football, is furious at the request.

He insists the claims are unfounded.

'I find it amazing that someone would try to get another club into trouble,' said Brock.

'In his letter, Parmenter makes the most ludicrous claims about a situation when he is over 100 miles away.

'He claims the Met Office stated the conditions in the Havant area were not conducive to ground frost and would not sink below freezing for another 48 hours.

'Also, when he states we brought in a local referee to do a pitch inspection, he put a question mark after referee. What is he insinuating by that?

'To use his words, he said: "In short, we are very concerned that it appears the match may have been called off for reasons other than the condition of the pitch and more importantly without a proper pitch inspection".'

Brock added: 'We can take almost every statement he makes in his letter and tear them apart. None of his claims are true.

'We are sitting there having only played 14 league games so we absolutely wanted to play the game.

'As an experienced administrator of 40 years, I consider it an awful slur on myself and the club.

'To suggest we didn't have a proper pitch inspection is disgusting.

'His most fantastic claim is that he has a relative living five minutes away from our ground who reported there were no freezing conditions in Leigh Park and none forecast.'