Ferrell frustrated with postponement decision
By Andrew McDonnell
Ferrell giving final instructions to Ryan Drane
Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell was left bitterly disappointed with the decision that was made to call their game with Ashington off.
The pitch was deemed to be waterlogged, but the 32-year-old thought the game should have gone ahead with there being “very little” surface water on the pitch.
“The game should have gone ahead, if 22 players, myself and Steve Harmison is saying it is alright then in my opinion, the game should have been on,” Ferrell said.
“I thought that there was a little bit of surface water in one of the corners, it wouldn’t really be any danger when the game is going on.
“I understand if the pitch is frozen or if it is underwater, but I have played on pitches 10-times worse than that throughout my career.”
Ferrell was left frustrated with the decision after Beldington’s game with West Auckland Town on February 6 was “10 times worse” than the pitch on Saturday.
He added: “The pitch wasn’t frozen and we played West Auckland last week on a pitch that wasn’t rolled, wasn’t cut and was 10-times worse than what the pitch was this week.
“It was the referee who was concerned about the safety of the players, but last week when the pitch was worse, the safety wasn’t even took into consideration.
“If there was any doubt in the game, the referee should have got to the ground earlier, I was here at 12 o’clock, and so should the referee if she had any doubts.”
The Terriers’ focus will now turn to the games with Bishop Auckland and North Shields and Ferrell deemed the week ahead as “a big week” in Bedlington’s season.
“We are wanting the games to come thick and fast, we want to continue going, all the teams are fighting and we don’t want to be playing catch-up,” Ferrell said.
“We have a big week ahead, Bishop Auckland through the week, and then North Shields on Saturday, it is another two difficult games for us.