An angry Martyn Rogers hit out at the referee for allowing Tiverton Town’s 2-1 defeat at home to Chesham United to take place.

The Yellows went down to a third defeat on the bounce, with Tom Bath’s goal proving nothing more than a consolation. Yet Rogers was angry the game even took place, arguing that the Ladysmead pitch was in an unplayable condition.

He said: “To be fair, the game should never have been played. The pitch wasn’t prepared, it wasn’t fit for a football match of that calibre.

“I couldn’t believe what the officials were even thinking about – on Sunday I went across with Scott Rogers and we spent two-and-a-half hours on the pitch putting divots back, I’ve never seen a pitch in such a bad condition. It wasn’t even prepared before Saturday and I find it incredible the lads were subjected to playing on it.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had to ring a manager of the opposition and I said to him I was embarrassed. What the officials were thinking of, I just don’t know, it was ridiculous.

“The pitch wasn’t prepared because of the game against Frome, which was abandoned, it was in a terrible state after that game, and we’ve had rain ever since with a frost on Saturday morning. We just weren’t able to get any machinery on it, so basically we started off with a pitch that was the same as it was after Frome.

“You can’t blame the groundsman because he didn’t have a day where it hadn’t rained.”

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