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Not A Difficult Decision - Referee

31 January 2015

TODAY'S  match referee Martin Coy says that it wasn't a difficult decision to make after calling today's game against Telford off. 

After a noon inspection, with the pitch waterlogged because of the wintry downpour - and with rain still falling - the Durham official had no choice but to postpone the match.

He said: "It's always difficult calling a game off because, referees, the same as players and spectators, want the game on.

"We've got a frozen part down the centre, standing water over much of the playing surface - not much chance of a game of football today.

"I was in contact with the club yesterday and at that stage they were quite happy that the game wasn't not in any doubt at all.

"The covers were removed this morning and then the scheduled rain has come a lot earlier and that has led to the situation here.

"The water is just standing on the top. I don't think you could have got rid of the water, if you did there's a chance of a frozen pitch.

"I've come down here from Durham, I've been on the road all morning,  and like everyone else,  I just want a game of football. I wanted to give the game every chance. I've taken a football out there, I've spoken to both managers, the groundsman - who knows the pitch better than anyone else. As the referee, I have the final call.

"It wasn't actually a very difficult decision in the end," he added.  

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