BUGGER!! Match Postponed

Last updated : 02 February 2004 By Andy Burton
I was surprised that our match against Wrexham was called off yesterday. Agreed it did rain quite heavily, but from past experience, I have seen the pitch watered before matches when it's been raining, so I find it hard to believe that the pitch was actually waterlogged.

It was a shame not to have a game given that it has broken the momentum of recent good performances and that the loan signings will play one less game during their stay at Dean Court. Not to mention the additional imcome that would have been generated by selling programmes, food and drink before and during the game.

I suspect, although I do not know, that the problem was the concourse areas under the stands, which are very slippery when wet. I have almost broken my neck on that surface because of the lack of footing. Pictures that have been generated on other Bournemouth web sites clearly show areas of laying water across the pitch, which has since been described as a quagmire.

No matter, the match was off and left me with a spare Saturday afternoon!! What do people do on Saturday afternoons??

Thankfully, Division 2 was disrupted due to the weather yesterday as 3 games were called off. As well as at Dean Court, it seems that the north east was hit by the weather as the games at Grimsby and Hartlepool were also called off. Thankfully, we only slipped one place, to 12th. That was only because Rushden & Diamonds thumped Oldham 4-1 at Nene Park.

The 5 goals in the game was eclipsed in one game though!! Who would have expected Chesterfield to unevenly share 6 goals against our last opponenents, QPR at Saltergate!! Goals from McMaster, Evatt, Hurst and Hudson, helped the strugglers in their firght against relegation.

Also at the top, Plymouth failed to win for the first time in 11 matches as they slipped up against Brighton at Withdean. The win did no harm for Brighton's play-off ambitions.
Other clubs in the play-off places drew. Swindon 2-2 at Blackpool and Barnsley 1-1 at Notts County. Bristol City didn't play due to the weather.

At the other end of the table, Wycombe were unlucky not to claim their first away win of the season against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. They had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.

Notts County (described above) drew while Chesterfield thumped QPR. The other side in the bottom 4, Stockport County drew 2-2 at home to Peterborough United. No doubt Barry Fry was his usual energetic self as they require the points just as badly given that they are just above the relegation places!!
Brentford did themselves a power of good by winning 3-2 against Port Vale at Griffin Par. Goals from Tabb, Hunt and Rougier were enough to counter Vale's goals from McPhee to claim an all important win.

All in all Bournemouth slipped one to 12th, and are now 6 points off the play-off places. Next is the all-ticket trip to Plymouth on Saturday 7th February.