Accrington-Hartlepool postponement the right decision

Referee Darren Drysdale inspects the pitch at Accrington
Referee Darren Drysdale inspects the pitch at Accrington

Referee Darren Drysdale made the right decision to call off Hartlepool United’s League Two game at Accrington tonight said Pools boss Ronnie Moore.

The match was called off at 6.53pm with the pitch at the Crown Ground waterlogged.

While there were no puddles on the surface, the ground was extremely heavy with the ball not rolling in places.

The Lincolnshire official and his assistants, plus bosses Moore and John Coleman, inspected the pitch at length before the decision was taken.

“You can’t stop on the surface, it’s dangerous for the players,” said Moore.

“This pitch is miles better than it was a couple of weeks ago when they played Newport.

“That game should never have been played and John Coleman feels it would be OK tonight.

“Everyone has to make a decision and for me it’s the right one on safety grounds.”

Moore said the 44-year-old match official was considering starting at 8pm but with more rain forecast felt the decision to postpone was inevitable.

“Without doubt,” said the Pools chief. “When I got here (around half six) it was on.

“The referee was thinking about kicking off at 8pm and seeing what happened.

“But when it started raining again [during the inspection] I think he’s thought again.

“If you are the ref and it starts raining again and you call it off after starting it, it doesn’t look good on your CV.”