After Harry Coates had headed us into a third minute lead, some of the lamps went out on the floodlights forcing a stoppage in play, this was due to a power-outage across the region rather than being a fault with the floodlights themselves.
Floodlight lamps work differently to those found in the home and unfortunately it isn’t a case of being able to just switch them back on and it happens instantly, floodlight lamps need time to cool down before they power back up (approximately 15-20 minutes).
This was all fine and play was able to get back underway after a short delay, but then a second power-outage happened 10 minutes after play had resumed taking out one of the lamps, at this point there was still enough natural light coupled with the floodlights which were left illuminated to continue the game.
Nevertheless the referee and his assistants after consulting with the visiting team and other officials in attendance came to the conclusion that it was too dark to continue with the contest.
The same issue occurred simultaneously at several other non-league and football league grounds in the region, all of which saw out their matches with no further problems. We were bitterly disappointed not to be given the option to continue with the fixture. We would like to thank all the supporters who attended the game showing their patience throughout. We would also like to thank our match sponsor, the groundsman and the catering staff who had worked tirelessly preparing the food.
For those supporters who paid to gain entry please contact us on email@example.com where we will be happy to discuss a complimentary ticket for the new fixture, another match or a refund.
Updated 19:19 - 18 Dec 2018 by Jay Taylor