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‘Justice served’ – National League determine outcome of abandoned Slough v Bath fixture

‘Justice served’ – That is the reaction of fans as the National League determine the outcome of the abandoned Slough v Bath fixture.

The match has been awarded to Slough Town in accordance with league rules, after an incident which occurred during the second half of the National League South fixture.

Play was stopped in the 70th minute, with Slough leading 4-2, having been 4-0 up at half-time.

At the time, Slough boss Scott Davies slammed Bath’s call to abandon their game despite officials being happy to resume after a fan fell ill.

A statement was issued via the www.sloughtownfc.net website: “The National League can confirm a decision has been reached following the abandonment of the match between Slough Town and Bath City.

“Following action being taken by the Football Association against Bath City, the League has now determined the outcome of the abandonment from the National League South fixture on March 2.

“It has been decided that the game is not to be replayed, and the match has been awarded to Slough Town in accordance with League rules.

“Slough were 4-2 in front when a medical emergency affecting a supporter occurred during the second half of the match at Arbour Park last month.

“Tables will be updated accordingly. Regulations state that while the home club are awarded three points, goals for and against are not to be added.”

Players were taken off in respect, with Bath posting on social media: “It’s been announced that we are now awaiting an ambulance to arrive at Arbour Park. Both sets of players have been taken off the pitch. Our thoughts continue to be with the individual involved.”

It was then confirmed that the match would not be restarted. Bath added: “This afternoon’s game at Arbour Park has been abandoned following a medical emergency. Everyone at the club sends their unconditional love and support to the individual involved.”

Slough tweeted: “Match abandoned. Due to the ongoing medical emergency, we must inform both supporters that today’s game has been abandoned. Updates to follow.

Slough Town said per their website www.sloughtownfc.net: “Regretfully, our National League South match against Bath City today was abandoned in the second half of the game, with Slough Town leading 4-2.

“A medical emergency affecting a Slough Town supporter occurred during the second half, which led to a pause in the game and the teams leaving the pitch.

“Following the pause in the game, the match officials confirmed that despite them being happy to resume the match, the Bath City management refused, which led to the abandonment.

“We are pleased to confirm that the supporter is well and was sat up and already feeling much better prior to the match being abandoned as he awaited the arrival of an ambulance. We would like to thank the medical staff of both clubs for their prompt assistance.

“Our thanks also go to the supporters in attendance on a special day for the club and for our charity partner, Thames Hospice. The match attracted an attendance of 1,406 – our highest in the league so far this season and our second highest league attendance since we moved to Arbour Park in 2016.

“We will issue a further statement on today’s events in due course.”

Scott Davies spoke afterwards, per Slough Express: “Yeah, first and foremost, the most important thing is that the fan is ok. He’s sat in the physio room and is talking and has been on the phone to his wife. I’ve just been told he’s a diabetic, so I’ve been told he’s fallen ill, momentarily.

“We left the pitch, out of respect more than anything. After that, the next thing we’re told is that the game has been abandoned. Jerry Gill, their manager, has said that for the welfare of his players, stopping the game and starting the game would be no good for his players who have hamstring injuries. That’s the truth, let me tell you that, I’m not lying.

“It’s an utter disgrace because I think he’s cheated his way out of the game. He’ll watch this, of course he will, but there’s a way to call a game off. If someone has had a heart attack and is unconscious in the ground, I’ll be the first to walk off the pitch. I’ve got a good heart on me, but when someone is up and about and is communicating, that’s the most important part.

“When that is the case, the game should restart. But, when you get given an opportunity at 4-2 down, it should have been eight. They’re thinking ‘let’s get the game called off and come back on another night’.

“Because we’re obviously fighting for the same positions in the play-offs. It would have been a massive three points for us if we could have seen it through to 90 minutes.

“But he’s won today. Today, we all go home feeling sick. I can’t believe the game has been called off, I’ll be honest with you. Christian Eriksen had a heart attack on the pitch, and they played on. But for the welfare of his players and their hamstrings, I hope they’re ok.

“I get on well with Jerry, and I’ve always had respect for him, like I do with everyone. There’s no manager in this league that I don’t get on with, but he’s pulled a fast one today and he knows that. They lost on Tuesday night, and they were probably going to lose today, hopefully. He’s seen an opportunity where he can get the game called off and I don’t think it’s for the right reasons. If it was for the right reasons, I’d shake hands and walk off the pitch whether we’re winning, losing, or drawing, but it’s not the right reasons. It was a 10-minute break, and we could have resumed. We have 15 minutes at half-time, so their players’ hamstrings, I don’t know what they do, but they came out looking alright didn’t they? I just can’t believe it.

“I feel sick to my stomach now because the fan is ok, which is the most important thing, and we could have played on with the game, but we’ve not been given the opportunity.

“The referee has said to me, he can’t force them to come out of the changing room and play. Even their players were saying ‘we want to carry on’, so let’s be real about it. There’s only one man who’s got the job done today.

“We now have to come back on a Tuesday night and try to recreate what we’ve done today. It will be difficult, of course it will, they’re a good side, but we should have been eight or nine nil up I think, we were brilliant. They got away with one.”

On the strength of Slough’s first half performance, Davies added: “For 45 minutes, that was probably perfection. I thought we were brilliant. It could have been seven or eight, that’s how it felt on the pitch, and they couldn’t get near us.

“I thought the boys had great energy, quality and work rate in the final third. We scored different types of goals. If they come back on a Tuesday night, just do it, celebrate it, because that’s ultimately what they want.

“It could happen, but we’ll try our best to make sure it doesn’t happen.

“We’ve had 1,400 fans here today which is a great turnout. We’ve worn the kit with pride. And now we’ve got to play them again to try and get these three points which could be massive at the end of the season.

“If that’s what stops us getting in there, and helps them get in there, well job done, I guess. Slavi (Spasov) is gutted because those goals are wiped out now. The lads are devastated, they’re gutted, of course they are. We worked on things in the week and when they pay off…. but the most important thing is the fan here. I don’t want to come across as too sulky.

“I said to Jerry, ‘the fan is fine’, we can go back out there and play. Like has happened at other games. The right thing to do would be to resume, but if you give someone an inch, they’ll take a mile.

“The ref didn’t even consult me. He spoke to Jerry, and he spoke to Yella. We probably didn’t get there first if you know what I mean. I think the biggest mistake we’ve made is going indoors. If we’d have stayed out, but I’m just gutted for everyone. Angry, disappointed. I feel like I’ve been cheated, and the lads feel like they’ve been cheated.

“But I hope when we come to play them on the Tuesday night, whenever that is, we can put in a good performance. I’m angry at the moment.

“We’ve had kids on the bench in the last few weeks, but you get on with it. You come across hurdles in football, and you have to jump those hurdles. We’ve managed to do it on limited resources, but we do it through togetherness and hard work and honesty. And that’s one thing we’ve always prided ourselves on here. Myself, the management team and players, we know we’re not the best team in the league but we’ll always give it a go and have a fight.

“I’d like to think if the shoe was on the other foot today, we’d have continued. I don’t think we’d have chucked the game in, I really don’t.

“We’ve had a week where we’ve been to the hospice, and I met a guy there who went to see Slough last year. He’s really poorly but I learned a lot from him this week.

“I said to the assistant manager that I went to the hospice, and I met this guy. He absolutely blew my socks off because he was the happiest man in the room. He was probably the most poorly man in the room. But I thought to myself, ‘whatever happens with the result today, win lose or draw, be proud of it because there are worse things in life. It put things in perspective.

“I’ll go home tonight and be angry for an hour or two, but it’s a football match. But ultimately, I thought they didn’t want to lose it and they saw an opportunity to jump out and cancel the game. But to wear the shirt today for the hospice was extremely proud for us and they do an amazing job there. I think today they would have been proud of us wearing their shirts and that’s the main thing.”

‘Justice served’ was just some of the reaction from fans as the National League determine an outcome of the abandoned Slough v Bath fixture…

@vinnywhufc: @JerryGill_2 is a cheat.

@86_russ: Well done to the league, absolutely the right thing to do 👏

@Petesplit12: Quite right, should never have been abandoned

@FreddySW6: Correct decision.

@heat_heel: Justice was done – the Bath manager, team, club bow your head in shame.

@FreddieTormey13: Nice one @JerryGill_2 👏👏

@MarkRadders: Well done to the league for standing up to Jerry gill and @BathCity_FC thinking they can manipulate a situation to their advantage. I’ll wait patiently for the bath fans to apologise now but won’t hold my breath. #theresonlyonelyingbastard

@MaxRoscoe8: All I wanted to see, justice is served!

@M_Woff16: @BathCity_FC are you not publishing this?

@1andonlybigcol: The correct decision made @sloughtownfc just shows mr Jerry Gill (block everyone on X) you can’t just abandon a game for tight hamstrings. Gutless in fact #oneslough

@teaganchristine: Any other outcome would have been delusional. 👏

@KyleIOWromans: 😂😂😂 well that’s backfired

@Alfie_e7: Correct decision in all fairness and very good news for aveleys playoff push😍😍

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