Barry Roche column: There’s never a dull moment against Accrington

Accrington concede a throw-in at the Store First Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Mike Williamson
Accrington concede a throw-in at the Store First Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Mike Williamson

There is never a dull moment when it comes to the Lancashire derbies between ourselves and ‘our friends’ from Accrington and Saturday was no exception.

A red card and a debatable abandonment all inside just 54 minutes contributed to what is always an exciting affair.

Up until the referee gave us our orders to leave the pitch there was very little between the sides with good chances at a premium.

The main talking point in the first half was without a doubt Alex Kenyon’s sending off.

I couldn’t really see from my angle but if the referee got it right then he should have done the same for Peter Murphy’s challenge on Andy Fleming earlier on in the game.

He went in two-footed, over the ball and caught Flemo up around his knee leaving him in considerable pain.

All players want is a bit of consistency but I’m the first one to admit how hard a referee’s job can be, especially in feisty affairs such as Saturday.

Now onto the game’s biggest talking point.

Before the game I said to one of the lads that it was probably the best I’ve ever seen Accrington’s pitch look.

There was plenty of grass in areas that I’ve never seen grass but as soon as the rain started to come down heavily you could see we might have an issue. Because the pitch was a lot harder than most pitches at this time of year the water stayed on the surface instead of soaking into the mud.

We knew the referee was going to give it 10 to 15 minutes of the second half before making a decision but as soon as the ball started to stick in the water up our left-hand side he had to make a decision sooner rather than later.

Calling it off was always going to anger the home side due to their numerical advantage but on the flip side we were never going to complain about it.

It gives us the chance to go back there with a full complement of players and another crack at ending our poor record against them.