'Decision was right' to call off derby cup clash

Gerry Murphy had no complaints after Steyning’s SCFL Division 1 Cup quarter-final clash at rivals Southwick was abandoned last night.

Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 9:32 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:44 pm
Gerry Murphy. Picture: Derek Martin

Ben Bacon’s fine volley had fired Town ahead early on but the referee decided to call the match off on ten minutes, with Wickers leading 1-0.

The rain was torrential when the game got going but a decision was made to start.

Southwick had a man sent off following a nasty challenge seconds before the abandonment.

That sparked a melee, with the referee calling time on the cup clash seconds later.

Steyning manager Murphy felt the right decision was made but questioned whether the match should have started.

He said: “It was the right decision to stop the game.

“Maybe it shouldn’t have started, I think we all knew looking at the weather forecast it was looking unlikely we would finish the game.

“It was certainly playable at kick-off so a difficult call for the referee.”

Steyning were without a game on Saturday but remain two points clear at the summit.

Town travel to Billingshurst on Saturday while basement boys Southwick are at managerless Storrington.

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