Not a long-stand­ing prob­lem

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

THERE was an im­bal­anced look to the Moss Rose on Satur­day, with two sides of the ground closed.

Home sup­port­ers had to re­lo­cate, with those in the Lon­don Road Stand mov­ing to the McAlpine Stand and the ter­race fans join­ing the Star Lane End gath­er­ing. Mean­while the Brain­tree sup­port­ers were also housed in the McAlpine.

While such clo­sures had been sug­gested at a re­cent fans’ fo­rum as a money-sav­ing ini­tia­tive, the move caused some un­rest, par­tic­u­larly among long-stand­ing Silk­men fans.

Sta­dium man­ager Dave Towns told the Ex­press that, while sec­tions of the Lon­don Road ter­rac­ing were to have been closed any­way, the clo­sure of the stand was an un­fore­seen and un­avoid­able prob­lem.

“The bot­tom line is that we couldn’t meet the safety cer­tifi­cate re­quire­ments as we were a num­ber of stew­ards short,” he said.

“It was a source of big frus­tra­tion but it was un­ex­pected and un­planned. The safety of­fi­cers and stew­ards man­aged the sit­u­a­tion very well and we do ap­pre­ci­ate sup­port­ers’ un­der­stand­ing.

“We had to de­cide at 2pm on a plan of ac­tion as we just couldn’t com­ply with the safety re­quire­ments.”

The club are, as ever, look­ing to re­cruit stew­ards. For de­tails call them on 01625 264686.

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