FOOTBALL: Referee abandons Cirencester Town match at half-time

THE match between title-chasing Cirencester Town and Godalming survived two pitch inspections but not the weather onslaught that the players and spectators had to endure in the run up to half-time when referee Chris Wood decided to abandon the game.

Calor Southern Div One South & West

Cirencester Town P

Godalming Town P

For the first 15 minutes both sides found it almost impossible to keep control of the ball in the wind and rain.

The one and only chance came in the 16th minute after a good ball from James Mortimer-Jones out to the left for Lee Smith. The prolific striker latched onto it and moved swiftly into the box, unleashing a shot which was destined for the far left hand bottom corner before keeper Zaki Dualah managed to push the ball out for a corner.

After 35 minutes it became Armageddon as the wind turned into a hurricane followed by hail and torrential rain to the extent that 90 per cent of the supporters retired to the clubhouse.

There was no sanctuary from the elements even in the covered seating area and the players were finding it tough just to stay on their feet.

After referee Wood’s decision to abandon the game will now be replayed at a later date.

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