Bury fans angered by timing of Torquay postponement

Bury Times: Bury fans angered by timing of Torquay postponement Bury fans angered by timing of Torquay postponement

Bury fans took to social media sites to blow off steam after the club's League Two match at Torquay United was called off shortly after midday.

The Devon club, which has now had three consecutive home matches postponed due to waterlogged pitches, invited a local referee to inspect the surface yesterday.

It was decided to delay any decision until after a 9am pitch inspection this morning, but that was also inconclusive.

it was not until after a second inspection at midday that match official Dave Phillips finally decided the surface was unplayable.

A Torquay United spokesman said:"Referee Dave Phillips carried out his first inspection at 9am and then looked again at midday deciding the surface was not safe for the players.

"The ground staff at Plainmoor have worked tirelessly to improve the main problem areas but the pitch was deemed too wet by the officials."

The delay by Phillips left Bury fans fuming, many of whom had made it to Plainmoor before the postponement was confirmed.

Shakers fan Anthony Hoyle summed up the sentiment expressed by many of his fellow supporters on Twitter: "Gutted for the travelling Shakers. Late postponement - what has changed since the first inspection?"

A handful of Bury fans made the trip down to Devon on Friday, and while they were praying for the game to go ahead, overnight rain and continued showers left a certain degree of confusion why it took so long for the referee to make the call.

The Gulls' fans group TorquayFans.com agreed on their site: "Apologies chaps. Ref should have called it at 9am."

Torquay United are expected to make an official statement about refunds once a new date for the match has been set, but it is understood all tickets bought in advance will be refunded for fans unable to make the rearranged fixture.

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3:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

easylife44 says...

PATHETIC DECISION WITH NO RESPECT FOR TRAVELLING FANS OR THE OUR CLUB....
PATHETIC DECISION WITH NO RESPECT FOR TRAVELLING FANS OR THE OUR CLUB.... easylife44

2:29pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Where was the consideration for the travelling fans? --- Uppermost in the mind of Torquay was that no home game has been played for about a month and hence no revenue coming in ,desperation to get a game on,should have been off at the first inspection on the Friday.
Where was the consideration for the travelling fans? --- Uppermost in the mind of Torquay was that no home game has been played for about a month and hence no revenue coming in ,desperation to get a game on,should have been off at the first inspection on the Friday. Ex Pat of Bury

1:54pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mammol says...

I said it on Friday and will say it again clueless bozos who would not know what a map looks like if it hit them on the head.!! Hence unable to see how far us fans and team have to travel !! it only takes ten seconds for the sat nav to load so it can`t be that far can it ??? look at the map morons we are at different ends of the country aprox 5 to 6 hrs if you are lucky.is it any wonder so many league clubs are having financial trouble when Numptys can`t look at the weather forcast while looking at a pitch with several parts under water and not take note that the forcast is for more heavy rain . Correct decision should have been on Friday GAME POSTPONED
I said it on Friday and will say it again clueless bozos who would not know what a map looks like if it hit them on the head.!! Hence unable to see how far us fans and team have to travel !! it only takes ten seconds for the sat nav to load so it can`t be that far can it ??? look at the map morons we are at different ends of the country aprox 5 to 6 hrs if you are lucky.is it any wonder so many league clubs are having financial trouble when Numptys can`t look at the weather forcast while looking at a pitch with several parts under water and not take note that the forcast is for more heavy rain . Correct decision should have been on Friday GAME POSTPONED mammol

3:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

buckfeed17 says...

I'm surprised any Bury fans travelled to Torquay considering half the town is underwater
I'm surprised any Bury fans travelled to Torquay considering half the town is underwater buckfeed17

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