MATCH ABANDONED | Plenty Of Lighty, But No Likey For Some...
Tadcaster Albion’s final game before Christmas was abandoned after quarter of an hour due to sporadic floodlight glitches at the i2i Stadium.
On a literally freezing afternoon in Yorkshire, Harry Coates nudged the Brewers ahead against Sheffield FC in the third minute heading home Pete Davidson’s cross. However as the ball nestled into the net, several floodlights went out. Referee Akeel Ahmed was confident there was still enough light to continue with the match so play did get back underway.
Having said that though, Mr Ahmed brought a halt to proceedings again just two minutes later as the dreary dull sky became slightly more gloomy. After a brief discussion between officials, the players headed back down the tunnel and into the changing room to play the old waiting game.
If there was to be a fifteen minute break on any afternoon, this wasn’t it as the freezing sleet and rain swept across the terraces of the i2i Stadium. After a quick flick of the switch, lights eventually gleamed once again as both sets of players remerged for a second sharp warm-up.
Once play did get back underway at 15:21pm, Aiden Savory headed a Billy Whitehouse cross just wide as Taddy continued to look the brighter of the two, if you pardon the pun. Four more minutes of action passed the extremely cold spectators by before another slight electrical slip forced the contest into a second stoppage.
Ahmed and assistants congregated on the pitch again and following a thirty second exchange of words, the teams were then ordered to walk off once more with the abandonment confirmed soon after. By all accounts the visitors weren’t happy with the light situation and were keen not to continue with the contest.
15:30pm and the match was then confirmed as abandoned. A new date for the fixture will be revealed in due course.
Warmth was a welcomed early boost for all attendees.