Rain and ice deny Robins the chance of any action

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson expressed his frustration this week after his side were once again denied any action by the inclement weather that has affected the UK.

The trip to Whitby Town on Saturday was called off early in the morning after torrential rain in the north-east meant the Turnbull Ground was saturated.

Then, on Monday night, the visit of Buxton was also postponed after freezing conditions rendered the playing surface unsuitable.

Wilson was particularly bemused by Monday’s decision as he felt the pitch was playable.

He said: “We had a Derbyshire FA official come down and inspect the pitch at 4.30pm and, despite the fact the temperature was still around freezing, he deemed the pitch fit to play on.

“But once Buxton arrived and the match referee also took a detailed look, it was decided it was too dangerous to risk playing on.

“I felt it was fine, but the referee wasn’t happy with the goalmouths in particular and didn’t want to take the risk.

“I completely understand the decision but at the end of the day it’s cost us around £1,000 once you take into account having to pay Buxton’s expenses and those of the match officials and match day staff and so on.

“I was happy enough to let the players have a training session on the pitch and nobody suffered, but in the end we just have to accept the decision.”

The Whitby match has been re-arranged for Wednesday, April 24 at 7.45pm, and will therefore be the penultimate match of the league season.

As the Advertiser went to press, no new date had been set for the Buxton clash.

Ilkeston will now prepare for the long trip to Blyth Spartans on Saturday, with the Northumbrian side also having seen their match at Nantwich Town called off on Saturday.

Wilson added: “It’s obviously frustrating because, as was the case before the last set of postponements, we’d just won a game and wanted to carry the momentum forward.

“Laurie Wilson’s suspension has also been delayed so he’ll now miss the Blyth game.

“But we’ve just got to re-group again and head to Blyth with the belief that we can still pick up plenty more points before the season is out.”