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Pre-season friendly called off after struggle to find match officials

A pre-season friendly between two non league sides has been forced to be called off on the day it was meant to be played.

The two sides, Hemel Hempstead Town and Hitchin Town, were suppose to play each other in the Herts Charity Cup Final tonight but Hemel had played a friendly and lost 5-1 at Berkhamsted on Saturday and ended up with two players with ankle injuries meaning couldn’t risk returning to the same ground two days on.

Hemel said that they’re turning their blame not at Berkhamsted, but at the hot weather for the condition on the dry pitch instead as you can see in the Facebook post below…

Not sure we’ll see this trialist playing on Monday – manager Dean Brennan suggesting that he has still got it…..

Posted by Hemel Hempstead Town FC on Saturday, July 14, 2018


There was plans to play the game to Hitchin Town but Herts FA said that it wouldn’t be possible, so National League South side Hemel had to withdraw.

The two teams decided to meet and play the match as a friendly game instead.

But the reason that can’t be played was that no match officials could be found leaving them with no choice but to call it off.

Berkhamsted have confirm in their opinion: The pitch is typical of what may be expected in the current dry conditions. It is hard but not unsafe. This view was confirmed to the Herts FA by the match officials who covered the Berkhamsted v Hemel game on Saturday. In their own statement, Hemel Town FC say they “want to emphasise that there is no criticism of Berkhamsted intended and the hot dry weather is to blame”. All at Berkhamsted wish the injured Hemel players a swift recovery. Tomorrow’s friendly at Broadwater against Chesham United will go ahead as planned, as will other planned friendlies.


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