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Maidenhead United boss Alan Devonshire: We wanted to play, but you have to think of player safety and a 20-yard space was unplayable

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 April 2018

Players and officials from Leyton Orient and Maidenhead United gather by the touchline to inspect the Brisbane Road pitch (pic: George Sessions).

Players and officials from Leyton Orient and Maidenhead United gather by the touchline to inspect the Brisbane Road pitch (pic: George Sessions).

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The Magpies had arrived at Brisbane Road, but by 2pm they were preparing to go home after the Brisbane Road surface failed a pitch inspection

Maidenhead United manager Alan Devonshire was left with mixed emotions after their National League fixture at Leyton Orient on Easter Monday was postponed, but he admitted he didn’t want a repeat of their situation from Good Friday.

The Magpies hosted Sutton United on March 30 at York Road, but the match had to be abandoned at half time with the deteriorating conditions making the pitch saturated by the end of the first 45.

Devonshire didn’t want a repeat on Monday and so completely accepted the decision made by referee Adam Penwell after a 1.30pm pitch inspection.

He was looking forward to the fixture, but conceded the right call was made in the end at Brisbane Road.

“The referee made the decision. Justin (Edinburgh) and I said if we are going to start it we want it to finish because I had a similar situation on Friday where we started it and then after 45 minutes it was called off,” said Devonshire.

“We do have to think of the players’ safety and there were a couple of bad parts, especially down the bottom of one half – I would say it was a 20-yard space which was unplayable.

“If you have that, there is not a lot you can do, but we were a bit gutted because we wanted to play. At the end of the day, we have to move on, get it rearranged and come back again.”

Maidenhead are set to host Woking next Tuesday (April 10) and they also need to fit in a home fixture with Sutton – most likely April 17 – after the original contest had to be abandoned on Friday.

Therefore it appears like the rearranged match between Orient and the Magpies will occur during the last week of the regular season.

With O’s also visiting Hartlepool United on April 17, hosting Maidenhead again on April 24 seems the most logical date to play the game and that would make it the east Londoners’ last home fixture of the campaign.

Devonshire concluded: “I think it will now get played in the last week of the season, maybe April 24.”


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