Northampton Town’s crucial relegation battle with Torquay United has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Rock-bottom Cobblers were scheduled to take on the team one place and four points above them in the Sky Bet League Two table at Plainmoor this afternoon, but after a 10am pitch inspection, the match was postponed.
Referee Michael Naylor first looked at the pitch at 9am, and decided to wait for a further hour before making any decision.
But with rain still falling in Devon, and with more being forecast for later in the day, he called the match off following a second inspection.
The decision will be a massive frustration for Cobblers caretaker manager Andy King, who was hoping to stake a claim for the manager’s job on a permanent basis with a win against the Gulls.
The Cobblers will also be frustrated by the fact they travelled to Devon yesterday, and will now have to make the journey to the south west again for the rearranged fixture.
Plenty of Cobblers fans were already on the road to Torquay today, and were less than impressed at the timing if the postponement.
Officials at the club sympathised with those supporters, and issued the following statement: “For those supporters upset with the timing of the postponemnt, we apologise. But we have no say or control over the timings of inspections.
“All we can do is report information as soon as we can, and that is what we did. Sorry again for those who were on the road.”
The Cobblers now have a free week before they host Chesterfield at Sixfields on Saturday, that match also having been rearranged following its initial postponement on New Year’s Day.