One particular League Two fixture ended up being abandoned on the 57th minute due to adverse weather conditions during the game.
There was lengthy talks before the match between Forest Green Rovers and Oldham Athletic on whether to play out the game, however the thought it was best to give it the go ahead.
Throughout the game fog got worse and they even had a snow flurry to make things harder to play in, and ultimately made the referee’s mind up by mid-second half.
They had a conversation at half time whether to continue and once again they thought it was best to try and get it finished.
But as mentioned, they just couldn’t play it out and the game was abandoned as you could hardly make out the other side of the pitch.
— Forest Green Rovers (@FGRFC_Official) January 2, 2021
Nicky Cadden had opened the scoring for the hosts on the 20th minute, though that was cancelled out by Zak Dearnley getting an equaliser for Oldham.
Forest Green manager Mark Cooper said: “He (the referee) didn’t want to play the game.
“I’d given up listening to what he had to say from about three o’clock onwards.”
One of the Oldham substituates could be heard moaning “Back here on a f******g Tuesday night”.
Oldham boss Harry Kewell was on the pitch at half time checking it all over whilst the second half was delayed for around 10 minutes following talks on whether to play on
— Laurie (@lauriemartin263) January 2, 2021
The fog completed disappeared by 5pm time, when players and managers were having an interview leaving many stunned and wishing they could have played on…
SPORT: Ironically the fog has eased at Forest Green, where the match against Oldham was abandoned early in the second half. Pic 1 is when the match was abandoned, pic 2 is just after 5 o’clock after post-match interviews. (Pics from @BillyHuntGlos) #FGR #fgrfc pic.twitter.com/xPR6PEy5V2
— BBC Radio Gloucestershire (@BBCGlos) January 2, 2021
It comes days after fans took to fume on social media as the referee abandons a different League Two fixture just NINE minutes into the game.
Harrogate Town took on Carlisle United on Tuesday night, however not even a whole half of football was played out.
Two other games in the division had already been postponed tonight, one due to a a team contracting Covid-19 and another because of the snowfall.
The Sulphurites took the lead in the first minute of the game, thanks to Connor Kirby heading home from the back post following Ryan Fallowfield’s cross.
A few corners were taken, but couldn’t provide anymore goals, before the referee then spoke with the officials.
He then took to the side of the pitch to have a word with both team’s managers, and then the decision came to stop the game with nine minutes on the clock.
Before the game, you could see officials inspecting to see whether the pitch in the right condition for the players to train and play on.
— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) December 29, 2020
Some home supporters booed as the decision to abandon the game was made, which was confirmed via public address announcements.
Fans were then asked to file out of the ground in stages after the players had left the pitch.
Earlier in the day Harrogate had called for volunteers to help shovel snow from the pitch.
You can see just from the pre-match warm-up how hard the ground looked, and that’s just what some of the fans said online.
Fans reacted as Saturday afternoon’s League Two fixture between Forest Green and Oldham was abandoned on the 57th minute…
@Chris8698_: great. bet now fucked considering that’s 2 games called off
@1rhysparsons: Tinpot club
@liam7harrison: My bet was worth £320 and you’re the only game that didnt “win” now its gonna be worth fuck all
@alfiejsmith: My odds have dropped cheers ref
@FGR_Alfie: Right choice. Whoever loses wouldn’t be happy, can’t see a sodding thing
@neilsjoy: Referee calls it off when it looks better than when the second half started. Fair play to give it every chance and he will have been under some pressure from both managers and players. Oh well. #oafc
@Becky2648614698: This thread shows how bad gambling has got yet they still advertise it on shirts
@nathan18410011: Thank fuck for that rather it be rearranged tbh #oafc
@WhatsTheMata90: Sorry we couldn’t stop fog, deepest apologies
@mondez89: All these closet gambling addicts moaning about their accas, grow up
@_CallumPal96: That’s what you get for having your ground at the top of Mount Everest, you shit cunts
@FGRVlogs: Can’t complain at that really, has to be the right decision
@mikeastley17: Why are people happy about that? Back down there on a Tuesday night in an already congested fixture list. Guaranteed to lose. #oafc
@oldhamalan1: What a fooking joke ,should of called it off ages ago ,or see it thro #oafc @OfficialOAFC
— DJ Kev Williams (@WilliamsKevin) January 2, 2021