Kettering Town have released a statement following the postponement of their weekend fixture at home to Hereford.

The National League North club insist that the Poppies’ players and staff wanted the game to go ahead, stating:

The club is aware of various posts and statements being made following yesterday’s postponement of our home fixture against Hereford and would like to clarify matters.

Extensive efforts were made during the week to prepare the pitch, culminating in a team working on it all day on Friday. At the end of these efforts the pitch was in relatively good shape but the club still arranged for a qualified official to attend Latimer Park (at our own cost) to perform a precautionary pitch inspection BEFORE Hereford’s scheduled departure time.

The official passed the pitch and the game was confirmed as being on.

The match officials arrived at the ground around noon and no further inspection was made until concerns were raised by the Hereford management team. At this point the match Referee made an inspection, resulting in the game being called off. The Poppies players and management team wanted the game to be played and made their feelings known to the match officials. But for this game to go ahead both teams had to be prepared to play and sadly this was not the case yesterday.

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