Beattie’s livid after weather hits hard
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss James Beattie struggled to contain his frustration after his side’s clash with Morecambe was abandoned just before the hour mark.
Parts of the pitch were deemed unplayable by referee James Adcock with 58 minutes on the clock and Morecambe down to ten men after Alex Kenyon was sent off.
But Beattie was confident the game could have continued, despite some vociferous complaints from Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison, with a ten-minute break to sort out the troublesome areas of the pitch.
“They wanted the match to end with them being down to ten men,” he said.
“The referee spoke to both managers at half-time and said that he had got a few concerns but he then went on and started the second half.
“The game could have had an extended halftime period to sort out the pitch or when play stopped the players could have gone in for ten minutes to try to get the pitch sorted.
“Both players had a go and unfortunately it’s been abandoned.
“You just don’t know how the game was going to go. I feel sorry for the fans, as the weather eased off.”
Both sides had struggled to get to grips in the conditions but Kal Naismith found space before shooting just wide after ten minutes.
Jack Redshaw had the visitors’ first chance of the game when he weaved into the Accrington box and forced Marcus Bettinelli into a fine stop.
However, the Reds began to look threatening and came close following Laurence Wilson’s free-kick which just evaded Tom Aldred.
Moments later Morecambe striker Ellison came closest to breaking the deadlock when he superbly headed Shaun Beeley’s header onto the bar, Redshaw firing the rebound wide. But the biggest talking point of the half came when Morecambe midfielder Kenyon was sent off moments before halftime for a sliding challenge after the referee had already blown his whistle to award a freekick. And Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was left to breathe a sigh of relief after the players were hauled off.
“Before the sending off, going at the rate it was we said it would do well to last,” he said.
“And after the sending off everyone will look at it that we wanted the game off because when you come to a tough place like Accrington you have a better chance with 11.
“At half time one or two of the players said down the channels the ball was not moving.”
STAR MAN MARCU