Leiston chairman Andy Crisp hoping postponements won’t ruin ‘fantastic season’
12:00 17 February 2017
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Leiston chairman Andy Crisp is hoping that the Blues will not be playing three games a week come the end of the season.
The Ryman Premier Division high-fliers saw a second consecutive midweek game called off at Victory Road on Tuesday night, when the referee postponed the match at around 7pm due to the unfit state of the pitch.
London visitors Harrow Borough were at the stadium when the game was called off, and a frustrated Crisp has apologised to The Boro, who Leiston ironically travel to tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
“Tuesday night was very frustrating for everybody involved,” said Crisp.
“After Saturday’s home game (a 1-0 defeat to Staines Town), the pitch recovered with a lot of sun, and looked playable Tuesday afternoon.
“Unfortunately, when the sun went down, water came to the top, and the pitch became very heavy in certain areas making it unplayable in the referee’s eyes.
“Everyone would like to apologise to Harrow Borough for what happened, it is never a nice situation to travel a long way and have the game called off at the last minute.”
Leiston have played the third fewest league games so far this season (29), and still have 17 games to fit in between now and April 22.
Crisp acknowledges that these postponements could cause a detrimental effect on Leiston’s season, with the possibility of three-game weeks looming.
“Our drainage system is causing problems for us,” admitted Crisp.
“James Mayhew, and other volunteers, do a fantastic job with the pitch, but it’s just drying out as much as we want it to.
“We really don’t want to be playing three games a week on it towards the end of the season, and, of course, our reserves, who also play on the pitch, are having a backlog of fixtures too.
“Hopefully we can sort a short-term solution for it, and not let it dampen our spirits or ruin our fantastic season.”
On the pitch tomorrow, fifth-placed Leiston will be hoping to end their mini-slump of three games without a win, with three points at 19th-placed Harrow Borough.
The Blues are also set to entertain Wingate & Finchley and Merstham in February.