FA CUP: Reaction as Braintree Town’s game is postponed

14:03 04 November 2012

Lee Harding

Lee Harding


BRAINTREE Town chairman Lee Harding insisted the right decision was made after Iron’s First Round FA Cup tie with Tranmere was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Iron were in line to make an additional £63,000 from the game, due to the tie being aired on ITV, and it thought the terrestrial TV company is still keen to cover the game, with a week on Tuesday being touted a possible date for the rescheduled fixture.

Harding – while disappointed with the washout – had no complaints with referee Dean Whitestone’s decision.

Covers have been on the Cressing Road pitch since Tuesday and were only removed just over an hour before kick-off.

However, surface water from the covers added to water that was emerging from underneath the surface, created a swamp-like surface, according to Harding.

“The referee has made the right decision, I have no complaints really, and we have had two heavy downpours in Braintree in the last eight days, both of which have come within a few hours of kick-off. It happens and we go again,” said Harding.

“It’s frustrating but that’s the nature of it and we now start looking at re-arranging the fixture. I would have thought that would be in the next week or two.”


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