Essex Senior League: Tower Hamlets boss Ade Abayomi apologises to Ilford after late cancellation

PUBLISHED: 09:30 24 August 2016

Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi gives instructions during the 2015/16 campaign (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi gives instructions during the 2015/16 campaign (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Hamlets manager says he understands Foxes' frustrations after Monday's farcial postponement

Tower Hamlets boss Ade Abayomi has offered his apologies to Ilford after Monday’s Essex Senior League tie at Mile End Stadium was postponed just over two hours before kick-off.

The match was cancelled because of an athletics meet at the venue which had been planned for the same time.

It led to a frustating evening for both sides as they were left without a game, and Abayomi says he fully understands Ilford’s disappointment regarding the failure of the game going ahead.

“The pitch was doubled booked, there was an athletics event on at the same time which was planned long ago,” said Abayomi.

“Unfortunately, situations like this one are out of my control.

“I’m frustrated too as I was in America and I came back early especially for this game, so I could have stayed there a little longer.

“I can only apologise to Ilford, their squad and their fans. I can understand their frustrations.”

Hamlets had been hoping to use the match to bounce back after losing 4-2 to Sawbridgeworth Town in the FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday.

Abayomi was absent from that match, but knew his players were desperate to get back to winning ways after their cup exit.

But it wasn’t to be for Hamlets with their game against Ilford cancelled at such late notice, even their manager was caught by surprise.

“I genuinely didn’t know it was cancelled until I was just about to leave the house,” he added.

“I saw I had an email from the league saying it had been postponed and at first I thought it was a joke.”

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