Torrential rain forces March Town United to abandon first pre-season friendly

PUBLISHED: 13:49 16 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:22 18 July 2011

Brett Whaley

Brett Whaley

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MARCH Town United's preparations for an exciting new campaign stalled on Saturday as their first pre-season friendly fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Torrential rain forced the Hares to abandon their fixture with Blackstones at the GER - denying Brett Whaley’s new-look squad their first chance to play together.

The cancellation means that March’s first warm-up game will now be tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s friendly clash with rivals Wisbech Town.

Whaley said: “It’s massively frustrating. The lads are raring to go and they are desperate to get out and play. We go into a tough game on Tuesday without any game time but there’s nothing we can do about it.

“We have got standing water all over the pitch. I can’t remember ever missing the first pre-season game because of a waterlogged pitch before.

“We have to consider player safety and the long-term damage that we could do to the state of the pitch.”

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