Fenmen face pitch battle

Wisbech Town FC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds Match action ANL-141011-083945009
Wisbech Town FC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds Match action ANL-141011-083945009

Wisbech Town manager Dick Creasey said Saturday’s home game with AFC Rushden & Diamonds should have been abandoned, and fears for the Elgood’s Stadium pitch.

Rain lashed the second half of Wisbech’s clash against UCL leaders Diamonds, and Creasey said, referring to the effect on the pitch: “It’s ruined it now – if that happens at this time of year we’ll never get that back all season.

“I can’t believe the game carried on. More of the pitch was under water than wasn’t.

“When the players are running and the ball stops, and they run past it, it’s a lottery.

“The crowd got on to me because I’ve taken Billy Smith off, but there’s no point him being on the pitch if he can’t run with the ball.

“I asked the referee if the rain came at ten-to-three, would the game be on, and he said probably not.”

AFC Rushden ended Wisbech’s unbeaten eight-game league run.

Next Saturday the seventh-place Fenmen, who have 23 points from 12 games, travel to AFC Kempston Rovers (17 from 11) who sit in 12th spot in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division, before this season’s FA Vase journey begins at home to Cleethorpes.

Steven Reid and Scott Johnson are at a wedding, and Creasey is waiting to see if defender Nathan Horne is available after his wife has given birth.

“We’re alright but we could do with Nathan being back,” added Creasey. “We’ve got to go on another run: it’s about how you react to it.”

It is the Fenmen’s first home draw in the Vase competition since January 2012.

AFC Kempston last weekend beat Thurnby Nirvana 3-1.