Six-foot deep hole causes derby to be abandoned

The hole which caused Saturday's game to be abadoned.
The hole which caused Saturday's game to be abadoned.
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SATURDAY’S local derby between East Preston and Littlehampton was brought to a premature end at The Lashmar on Saturday - by a six-foot deep hole in the pitch.

The County League Division 1 game was just 15 minutes old when referee John Walker had to call the game off, as the foot-wide hole emerged just outside one of the penalty areas, after a manhole cover was dislodged.

EP boss Sammy Donnelly said: “It’s something that I have never seen in all my time in football. I am just pleased that someone managed to spot it without anybody getting hurt because that could have caused one of the players a real problem.”

Golds manager Mark Bennett added: “I’m not sure what to say, really. It is something that I have never seen before and probably will never see again.”

Referee Walker said: “I was left with no other alternative than to call the match off.

“It was such a strange one and something which I have never seen. It was brought to my attention during the game and I came to the decision to abandon the game.

“I must admit when somebody said that there was a hole in the pitch, I was not expecting to see what I did. It was quite extraordinary.”