Following today’s postponement, Spennymoor Town Football Club would like to apologise to the fans of both teams, officials, players and the management team at Boston United.
Unfortunately, the team coach carrying the Spennymoor Town squad suffered a mechanical failure on the A1 while en route to Boston and was forced to pull over. After initially delaying kick off, the issue was unable to be resolved and sadly we ran out of time.
The referee decided that the game should not go ahead when it became apparent that we could not reach The Jakemans Stadium in a reasonable time frame.
Those supporters who were travelling down to Boston for the game on the supporters’ coach will receive a full refund for the disruption caused.
Travel to the rearranged fixture away to Boston later in the season will also be free for affected fans. We will be announcing the rearranged date as soon as we possibly can.
In light of today’s events, coupled with the breakdown of the supporters’ coach at FC United of Manchester on Tuesday evening, the Club’s board has been in touch with our travel providers Compass Royston. They have made their own statement on the disruption, which we have included below.
We’ve experienced minimal issues during our six years of work with Compass up until this week and know that they feel as disappointed as we do that such an unfortunate event has repeated itself in a short timeframe.
We have been in consultation with The National League throughout the day and will continue dialogue with them as we look to rearrange the fixture.
STATEMENT FROM THE SPENNYMOOR TOWN FC MANAGEMENT TEAM:
“It is the priority of both teams, ourselves and Boston, to prepare our players as best we can so that they perform at their highest levels and represent their club and all associated with the club to the standard the supporters deserve. Because of this obligation, the decision was made to postpone the game.
“Boston kindly offered a minibus, but the coach had come to a stop approximately two hours from its final destination, meaning a minimum four-hour turnaround, most likely longer in heavy traffic which had already delayed our mechanic.
“We’d like to reiterate that this decision was made by the match referee with the full support of Spennymoor Town.
“Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused to anyone in regards to today’s fixture.”
STATEMENT FROM SPENNYMOOR’S TRAVEL PROVIDER, COMPASS ROYSTON:
“Compass Royston would like to let all concerned know how disappointed we are with the events of this weekend. Having provided a quality service to Spennymoor Town since 2013, two breakdowns within the space of five days is devastating!
Please be reassured that both breakdowns were unforeseen but dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately this weekend the congestion on the motorways prevented us from being able to get the players and supporters to the ground in time. Disappointment all round.
Please accept our sincere apologies and, as a gesture of goodwill, we are prepared to offer free travel to the rearranged match at Boston United for both players and fans.”
STATEMENT FROM BRADLEY GROVES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SPENNYMOOR TOWN FC:
“I’d like to voice my support for Compass Royston, our Spennymoor Town travel partner. They’ve handled our club travel since 2013 with minimal issues in that time considering the complexity of some of our requirements, including getting 5,000 fans down to Wembley for our FA Vase triumph.
“Clearly, what has happened in the last week is not acceptable. But Compass are an extremely reputable company and have acted as such for the club and our supporters previously. We’re happy to continue to utilise them as a local supplier with their track record, including being official travel partner of Middlesbrough FC’s Supporters’ Clubs and the Hartlepool United first team among many others in the region.”