Shrivenham came off the pitch at half time 3-0 up against Holmer Green, but the second half anything but an enlightening occasion.
Jack Allan, Tom Ballard and Nick Stanley all saw their first half goals chalked off the records yesterday, as a floodlight failure ensured that our Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League fixture against Holmer Green was abandoned. Shrivvy had raced in to a comfortable 3-0 lead at the interval, however just as the two side emerged for the second period, the lights turned off and although referee Oliver Cross opted to continue in order to give the club the obligatory ten-minutes before they could be re-started, when only the lights along the side of the dugouts were able to be illuminated – and briefly at that, he called for a pause in the match to allow the club slightly longer in our bid to see if we could rectify the fault.
With torches in hand, a number of the Shrivenham Committee tried their best to get the lights back up and running to avoid Holmer Green having to make the return trip to complete the fixture – likely to be rescheduled for a Tuesday evening, however after a further 20-minutes, there was no argument following the decision from referee Cross to call the game off.
Speaking after the match was abandoned, Chairman Matt Hirst said: “We’ve clearly had an electrical fault with the lights and we apologise to the players, club officials and supporters who may have been inconvenienced by this abandonment as we were all looking forward to the fixture. Sadly, there was nothing we could do. We appreciated everybody’s patience while we were investigating the fault, but in the end there was no other decision that could have been undertaken.”