Southport have released the following statement regarding the cancelled friendly fixture against Burscough.
“Southport Football Club does not recognise the validity of the highly regrettable comments appearing on the Burscough FC website earlier today, in relation to the cancellation of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly at Victoria Park.
While we can confirm that the fixture was cancelled at SFC’s request, this decision was made after a review of the playing surface at Victoria Park.
First Team Coach John Durnin reviewed the playing surface this afternoon and after discussing the situation with the management team, the club decided the pitch at Victoria Park was not suitable for the fixture.
When confirming the cancellation, SFC did include mention of a number of injured players but this was not the main or sole reason as alluded to by Burscough earlier today.
Southport FC has enjoyed friendly relations with our local neighbours at Burscough FC for many years and we hope this continues in the future.”