Monday, April 03, 2017

Reaction To Didcot Decision

Both Peter Beadle and Steve Jenkins have spoken about the decision of the Southern League to order that the game between Didcot and Hereford, which was abandoned because of crowd trouble, has to be replayed.

"I think that was always going to be the case," said Beadle.

"I'm very surprised they have opened it up for supporters. I thought it would be behind closed doors.

"I'm a bit surprised they've opened the gates which gives an opportunity for anyone to come to the game to cause problems.

"I just hope they steward it better than they did the first time. 

"But we have no control over that all we can do is go there and try and take three points from them."

Assistant manager Steve Jenkins was guarded in his reaction.

"Obviously it's disappointing.

"Looking at it, if it was a game that had any bearing on the standings in terms of relegations, promotions we could understand it.

"I'm sure there are a lot of fans who will find it disappointing to have to go back down there."

Did Jenkins know why the club didn't appeal the decision?

"I think we've all been involved in appeals, sending off appeals, anything like that, they never seem to be successful.

"At the end of the day they have made their decision and sometimes you've just got to respect that and you go with it.

"But our players didn't get any five match bans.

"We'll just have to go down there, we prepare and we look to win the game."

The date for the 'replay' is yet to be announced.