Following last night’s late postponement of the Vanarama National League North fixture at Spennymoor Town between Jason Ainsley’s side and Phil Parkinson’s Altrincham, Spennymoor chief executive Brad Groves has offered free coach travel for Alty fans to the rearranged fixture.

Altrincham have commented: “We thank Mr Groves for his generosity. We would also like to thank our brilliant supporters for making the long trip in vain.”

A statement from Spennymoor reads: “Firstly, the club would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused both sets of supporters, particularly those who have travelled from Altrincham.

“There was no planned pitch inspection at The Brewery Field at any point during the day, despite the inclement weather, which the pitch has dealt with several times this season. Referee, Mr Herczeg, called a pitch inspection upon arrival at The Brewery Field at 17:30.

“After deliberation, he decided to postpone the game at 18:30 due to a small section of the surface being deemed unplayable. Both sets of club officials and players were keen to still play the fixture, but we respect Mr Herczeg’s decision to postpone the game.

“Altrincham supporters who travelled to Spennymoor were offered complimentary refreshments and beverages whilst they prepared to make the return journey.”

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