Abrupt end hits Estover

ESTOVER Park were absolutely gutted when their bottom of the table clash with Wimblington Reserves was called off after 31 minutes on Saturday when they were leading 4-0.

Referee Leighton Sheldrick called the Cambs Division 3B game to an abrupt end because he felt the pitch had become frozen but Estover’s Steve Jackson thinks this is far from true and stated that both sets of players were happy to carry on.

Jackson said: “I am not sure the referee even inspected the pitch before the start but there were only a couple of very small frozen parts and even then you could push your finger into the ground so I am sure it would take a stud.

“There were no players sliding about or any incident that would suggest there was a problem and the only person who wanted to halt the game apart from the referee was the Wimblington manager.

“It was a massive game for us and we had played the best 35 minutes of football I have seen from Estover this season and the players were gutted the game was abandoned.”

Estover are third from bottom while Wimblington are in bottom place and three points for Estover would have taken them out of the bottom three.

Referee Sheldrick would not make any comment on his decision, but Cambs FA official Phil Mitcham said: “We are looking into the matter and have asked the two clubs and official for their observations.”

Tommy Neal, Chris Howard, Eddie Rusk and Greg Kudibya had scored the goals.