Shrimps’ County clash abandoned

Jim Bentley at Meadow Lane
Jim Bentley at Meadow Lane

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said referee Dean Whitestone had no option but to call off Saturday’s game at Notts County.

A torrential downpour that started just before the game began saw huge swathes of the Meadow Lane pitch covered in puddles leaving football almost impossible.

Bentley said: “It wasn’t playable and wasn’t safe. The referee gave it 10 minutes but it was pretty clear that is soon wasn’t fit.

“During the warm up you could see a big black cloud coming over and when it did arrive it certainly emptied.

“It’s a shame because we were looking forward to the game.’’

The main disappointment for Bentley was the yellow card for Michael Rose which, in a strange quirk of football rules, sticks and leaves him on five bookings and suspended the visit of Carlisle on Saturday.

He said: “It’s s strange rule because if you score they get ruled out but bookings stay but it was a tough decision because the referee didn’t really use his common sense in the conditions.’’