Renno: Call off wrong

Neil Reynolds
Neil Reynolds

Assistant manager Neil Reynolds has blasted the decision to abandon Bamber Bridge’s game last Saturday.

Brig were leading 1-0 at Scarborough Athletic courtesy of a goal from Alistair Waddecar when home skipper Chris Bolder went down with a nasty looking knee injury.

Due to the extent of the injury, the referee – in consultation with home officials – decided to call the game off as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

While obviously concerned for the welfare of Bolder, Reynolds was mystified as to why there were no facilities in place to carry him off the pitch and continue with the game.

“First and foremost, you have to make sure the lad is all right and I hope he is,” Reynolds said.

“I read a statement on the Scarborough website on Saturday night that he had been released from hospital.

“So we hope he’s okay but to cancel the game is absolutely scandalous.

“It was cancelled because they said he could not be stretchered off.

“I have had a similar injury – I got taken off the pitch and the game carried on.

“If it was me who suffered the injury – I would not have wanted the game to be called off.

“There was no consultation with us, we just got told the game was being abandoned.

“It was their secretary who called the game off. The ref came to us and said he had been instructed to call it off.

“Their secretary said the players were not in the right frame of mind to play.

“There was no visual injury – no compound fracture.

“But nobody asked us. We were not going anywhere and would have hung around until 10pm if need be.

“It was a three-and-a-half hour drive there for us and our supporters. Now we are faced with going back there at some point later on in the season.

“That game should have been played on Saturday.”

The suspensions to former PNE midfielder Paul McKenna and Reynolds himself will carry forward to this weekend’s NPL First Division North game against New Mills at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.