It never rains but it pours for Brown

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Hen­son

SOUTHEND boss Phil Brown ad­mits it’s been a week­end to for­get for his side af­ter a 600-mile round trip to Bury was aban­doned af­ter just six min­utes.

Heavy rain in Greater Manch­ester left many games in the area post­poned, but ref­eree Tony Har­ring­ton de­cided to give it a go at the JD Sta­dium.

How­ever, a down­pour fell shortly be­fore kick-off re­sult­ing in large pud­dles of wa­ter ap­pear­ing on the sur­face, and just six min­utes of ac­tion fol­lowed be­fore the play­ers were hauled off.

But Shrimpers boss Phil Brown fully agreed with the de­ci­sion to call the game off, as well as re­veal­ing some more tri­als and tribu­la­tions en­dured by the squad over the week­end.

“The weather was mon­soon like and the rain is still com­ing down so it was the right de­ci­sion,” said Brown.

“The pitch was playable 20 min­utes be­fore we started but I’m dis­ap­pointed for the fans be­cause they spend their lives sup­port­ing this foot­ball club. It’s a long way for them to come and I hope they un­der­stand when I say it was a good call for us, be­cause we had four play­ers out.

“From 9am yes­ter­day morn­ing it has been an ab­so­lute dis­as­ter.

“Barry Corr was in­volved in a four-car pile-up on A127, I was wor­ried about whiplash and him be­ing in­jured for the game. He didn’t come with us on the coach in the end.

“Then on the way to the game, the coach breaks down! I’m sat there look­ing up think­ing ‘What’s go­ing on here – some­thing is hang­ing over me’, and it’s con­tin­ued five min­utes into the game.”

Bury re­main four points above the Shrimpers and the teams will dis­cuss a pos­si­ble date to play the re­ar­ranged fix­ture on Mon­day.

Bury manager David Fl­itcroft said: “It’s one of those things – but the foot­ball club has acted in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

“And well done to the ref­eree for mak­ing a brave and cor­rect de­ci­sion – one mil­lion per cent.”

ROLL-OVER: Ground­staff try in vain to clear wa­ter

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