Salisbury boss Steve Claridge insisted he had “no influence” over the decision to call off his side’s clash at Poole Town last night, amid claims from Dolphins boss Tom Killick that Claridge had put the referee “in a very difficult position”.

The Southern League South clash at Black Gold Stadium was postponed at around 7:15pm due to a waterlogged pitch, half an hour before the scheduled kick-off time, despite it having passed an earlier inspection.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Killick said: “It was a bizarre and frustrating set of circumstances really because ironically the local referee that we called in to do the pitch inspection at lunchtime was actually the assistant match referee.

“So he’s come down at lunchtime and said that the pitch is playable and then five hours later, and in that time the weather had been good, the pitch was in markedly better condition.

“And then the match referee decided that it wasn’t playable.”

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