Spennymoor Town have released a statement to apologise for the postponement of their Vanarama National League North fixture at Boston United.
The Moors have started this season brightly, winning both of their league fixtures so far, but a mechanical failure with their team bus led to the postponement of the game against the Pilgrims.
The bus broke down on the A1 and despite attempts to repair the problem, there was not enough time to fulfill the fixture.
A decision was taken by the referee to postpone the game and the Moors have now clarified the details behind the decision.
A club statement read “Following today’s postponement, Spennymoor Town Football Club would like to apologise to the fans of both teams, officials, players and the management team at Boston United.
Unfortunately, the team coach carrying the Spennymoor Town squad suffered a mechanical failure on the A1 while en route to Boston and was forced to pull over. After initially delaying kick off, the issue was unable to be resolved and sadly we ran out of time.
The referee decided that the game should not go ahead when it became apparent that we could not reach The Jakemans Stadium in a reasonable time frame.
Those supporters who were travelling down to Boston for the game on the supporters’ coach will receive a full refund for the disruption caused.
Travel to the rearranged fixture away to Boston later in the season will also be free for affected fans. We will be announcing the rearranged date as soon as we possibly can.
In light of today’s events, coupled with the breakdown of the supporters’ coach at FC United of Manchester on Tuesday evening, the Club’s board has been in touch with our travel providers Compass Royston.
We’ve experienced minimal issues during our six years of work with Compass up until this week and know that they feel as disappointed as we do that such an unfortunate event has repeated itself in a short timeframe.
We have been in consultation with The National League throughout the day and will continue dialogue with them as we look to rearrange the fixture”
The club’s travel providers Compass Royston also released a statement, describing themselves as “disappointed” with the breakdowns.
They also apologised and offered free travel to players and supporters for the rearranged fixture.
The statement read ““Compass Royston would like to let all concerned know how disappointed we are with the events of this weekend. Having provided a quality service to Spennymoor Town since 2013, two breakdowns within the space of five days is devastating!
Please be reassured that both breakdowns were unforeseen but dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately this weekend the congestion on the motorways prevented us from being able to get the players and supporters to the ground in time. Disappointment all round.
Please accept our sincere apologies and, as a gesture of goodwill, we are prepared to offer free travel to the rearranged match at Boston United for both players and fans.”
Boston United have now confirmed that the rearranged fixture will take place on Tuesday 22nd August.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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