Injured referee causes FA Trophy match abandonment

Controversy brewed in the lower leagues at the weekend, as a game in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy was abandoned after 83 minutes due to an injury sustained by the match official.

Injured referee causes FA Trophy match abandonment

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November 18th, 2013

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Finding themselves 2-0 up at Colwyn Bay with only seven minutes to play, the match was halted as the referee picked up a calf injury. Having no designated fourth official to take over meant that an abandonment of the match was called despite Alty’s twice attempting to nominate replacements.

Colwyn Bay rejected both suggestions: a qualified official from the crowd who it was thought had been drinking, plus an offer from one of the winning team’s coaches to run the line and allow that linesman to step up onto the pitch.

The FA has since announced that the match will be replayed in its entirety tomorrow night, putting paid to the reservations of Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley, who had told reporters he saw no sense in returning to play only the remaining seven minutes, and that Colwyn’s refusal to put anyone forward to officiate themselves was a “poor show”.

But Colwyn Bay manager Frank Sinclair – yes, formerly of Chelsea – saw every right to reject the offers from their opposition, as per the FA rulebook.

The FA Trophy third qualifying round match will be replayed tomorrow, with the winners to take on either Brackley Town or Leek Town in the first round proper.

And now a clip of literally the only other time we’ve had a replacement linesman – or at least the only one the press ever mentions anyway. Step forward, Mr Hill!

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