York City v Fleetwood Town - live play-off semi-final first leg match blog

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8:21pm

Game will be staged now on Monday night. A 7.45pm kick-off. Nigel Worthington wanted Monday, Fleetwood wanted Tuesday. The Football League have sided with the home team.

7:49pm

The players are applauding the fans. It's all hugely disappointing. The new date of the game will be announced "as soon as possible".

Fans urged to retain their ticket stubs in order to gain admittance for that match.

7:47pm

The referee has postponed because of persistent rain throughout the day.

7:46pm

It looks very strongly like the game is off.

7:41pm

The ref is back out with his officials, kicking a ball around the areas of the pitch causing most concern.

7:40pm

Still loads of groundsmen on the pitch, with brooms, trying to get the water off the pitch. It's a real race against time now, though.

7:39pm

7:38pm

7:36pm

Just spied the Southend manager Phil Brown doing a bit of recon work in the main stand. Will he have anything to watch?

7:33pm

Every time it looks like inroads are being made shifting all the water off the pitch, the heavens open again.

7:32pm

7:31pm

7:29pm

It's not the ideal preparation for the players, given we were so close to kick-off, but if it means we can negotiate the full 90 minutes then it's probably for the best.

7:25pm

And just as I say that...

The PA announcer is putting an announcement out. Kick-off has been delayed until 8pm by the referee for "player safety".

7:24pm

The word is we are going to start, but if there is any significant rain during the game then we could be in trouble.

7:17pm

Not long now before kick-off.

7:12pm

The officials are having a look at another heavily waterlogged part of the pitch towards the away end. It's raining again too. The game is scheduled to start, but will it finish?

7:11pm

If you couldn't see the teams through twitter, turn your head to the pic below or:

York: Pope, Oyebanjo, McCombe, Lowe, Davies, Brobbel, Penn, Reed, Hayhurst, Coulson, Andrew.

Fleetwood (in squad no): Maxwell, Roberts, Pond, Schumacher, McLaughlin, Blair, Sarcevic, Taylor, Ball, Morris, Hulme.

7:08pm

York Press:

6:59pm

Matty Blair, who has forced his way into the Fleetwood side in recent weeks, returns to Bootham Crescent hoping to inspire another Wembley run for his new side.

And the Cod Army have loads of talent on the bench, not least former York stalwart Jon Parkin.

6:57pm

So it is as we started the second half at Scunthorpe for York City. Will Hayhurst comes in for Lewis Montrose and we can expect to see a 4-4-2.

Hayhurst and Ryan Brobbel will be the two wingers with Adam Reed moving back into the middle of the park to partner Russell Penn.

6:54pm

Here are tonight's two line-ups.
 

6:47pm

I've just seen Ryan Jarvis try and kick a ball out of a particularly heavy strip of water midway inside one of the halves. It didn't go very far. This could be attritional stuff tonight.

6:46pm

The City players are out on the pitch and are given a big reception from the ever growing numbers in the David Longhurst Stand.

6:41pm

But news!

6:40pm

6:38pm

6:34pm

York City goalkeeper Nick Pope is out working with Andy Collett by the Longhurst and the officials have walked in to the tunnel.

6:32pm

There's a huddle of officials going on at the far side of the pitch at the Popular Stand. It is absolutely lashing down here at the moment - and it's getting ever heavier.

6:31pm

6:30pm

6:25pm

The scene at Bootham Crescent. There's also what looks like a heavy roller which is sucking the standing water out of the surface.
Still the rain comes down...
 

6:23pm

As always, we want to hear from you - whether you are in the ground or watching, listening and reading at home.

Get in touch by using the comments facility below, or by tweeting me at @scarrollpress.

6:22pm

Good evening from a wet Bootham Crescent where York City are taking on Fleetwood Town in the Sky Bet League two semi-final first leg.

It's been raining heavily throughout the day and, as we speak, groundsmen are out on the pitch taking standing water off the wings in the main stand side.

City manager Nigel Worthington and his men are on a superb 17-match unbeaten run. Can they ride that all the way to Wembley? Stay with me throughout the evening as we see whether York can take a giant step towards yet another great day under the arch.

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8:10pm Sat 10 May 14

What's Up, Doc? says...

For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps!

This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union!
For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps! This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union! What's Up, Doc?
  • Score: -17

8:23pm Sat 10 May 14

yorkandproud says...

What's Up, Doc? wrote:
For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps!

This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union!
Pitch totally unfit for play, anyone could see that you t!t.
[quote][p][bold]What's Up, Doc?[/bold] wrote: For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps! This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union![/p][/quote]Pitch totally unfit for play, anyone could see that you t!t. yorkandproud
  • Score: 13

8:24pm Sat 10 May 14

againstthecuts says...

I don't understand why it was called off. The ball wasn't sticking to the ground. Another 4 days of rain to come
I don't understand why it was called off. The ball wasn't sticking to the ground. Another 4 days of rain to come againstthecuts
  • Score: -9

8:27pm Sat 10 May 14

swh1963 says...

The pitch looked playable to me and I've seen far far worse played on (remember Hull here all those yeas ago?). Also I'd like to see the list of injuries to players and officials caused by wet pitches because I don't remember any such injuries, ever. That said, disappointment over, it probably works in our favour as even fewer silent Fleetwood 'fans' will be here next week - See You On Tuesday Fleetwood fans ;).
The pitch looked playable to me and I've seen far far worse played on (remember Hull here all those yeas ago?). Also I'd like to see the list of injuries to players and officials caused by wet pitches because I don't remember any such injuries, ever. That said, disappointment over, it probably works in our favour as even fewer silent Fleetwood 'fans' will be here next week - See You On Tuesday Fleetwood fans ;). swh1963
  • Score: -8

8:29pm Sat 10 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

As soon as we got into the ground we knew that the game was highly unlikely to start. The ground staff were certainly doing their best, but they were flogging a dead horse, as the rain kept coming down. Back home now and the rain is still bucketing it down, so it was the right decision.
As soon as we got into the ground we knew that the game was highly unlikely to start. The ground staff were certainly doing their best, but they were flogging a dead horse, as the rain kept coming down. Back home now and the rain is still bucketing it down, so it was the right decision. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 13

8:55pm Sat 10 May 14

boyerforengland says...

What's Up, Doc? wrote:
For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps!

This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union!
Clown.
[quote][p][bold]What's Up, Doc?[/bold] wrote: For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps! This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union![/p][/quote]Clown. boyerforengland
  • Score: 14

9:02pm Sat 10 May 14

YorkCityLoyal says...

For starters the game is on Monday night and as for the ball not sticking, did no one see when the officials came out for the last time the ball hardly moved in the top left corner and plumes of water coming up off the surface, and to the clown saying the players a wimps it wasn't there decision not to play it was the ref, in all honesty the players would of probably played if it was down to them
For starters the game is on Monday night and as for the ball not sticking, did no one see when the officials came out for the last time the ball hardly moved in the top left corner and plumes of water coming up off the surface, and to the clown saying the players a wimps it wasn't there decision not to play it was the ref, in all honesty the players would of probably played if it was down to them YorkCityLoyal
  • Score: 5

9:13pm Sat 10 May 14

PositiveFootball says...

Doubt if the match can be played on Monday with more of the same weather to come. Wondered why the covers hadn't been put over the pitch when the bad weather was forecast? Or can they only be used for snow?
Doubt if the match can be played on Monday with more of the same weather to come. Wondered why the covers hadn't been put over the pitch when the bad weather was forecast? Or can they only be used for snow? PositiveFootball
  • Score: 4

10:00pm Sat 10 May 14

bill bailey says...

It was a case of be dammed if you do or don't. I think up to around 2pm the pitch was playable , the soon after the heavens opened, the ground staff was on a hiding to nothing, by that time Fleetwood and their supporters were here,
therefore it was a case of hope, great pity we were all geared up but you cant beat the elements , If as the forecasters keep telling us this weather will become the norm no matter what drainage is in place the present grass surface wont cope,
The FA/FL have now stated that artificial G3 surfaces can be used by all clubs entering the FA CUP next season therefore it wont be too long before they will be use in the league also, had tonights pitch been a G3 it would have been played.
It was a case of be dammed if you do or don't. I think up to around 2pm the pitch was playable , the soon after the heavens opened, the ground staff was on a hiding to nothing, by that time Fleetwood and their supporters were here, therefore it was a case of hope, great pity we were all geared up but you cant beat the elements , If as the forecasters keep telling us this weather will become the norm no matter what drainage is in place the present grass surface wont cope, The FA/FL have now stated that artificial G3 surfaces can be used by all clubs entering the FA CUP next season therefore it wont be too long before they will be use in the league also, had tonights pitch been a G3 it would have been played. bill bailey
  • Score: -5

10:48pm Sat 10 May 14

arsene.about.york says...

What's Up, Doc? wrote:
For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps!

This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union!
Your name really should be TOTAL PRATT. No, this does not happen in rugby but when did you last see two rugby players pass the ball across the ground to each other. In those sort of conditions players sliding in to tackle each other could have been seriously injured. I suppose you would have enjoyed the sight of players being carried off on stretchers with broken legs etc.
[quote][p][bold]What's Up, Doc?[/bold] wrote: For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps! This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union![/p][/quote]Your name really should be TOTAL PRATT. No, this does not happen in rugby but when did you last see two rugby players pass the ball across the ground to each other. In those sort of conditions players sliding in to tackle each other could have been seriously injured. I suppose you would have enjoyed the sight of players being carried off on stretchers with broken legs etc. arsene.about.york
  • Score: 5

11:06pm Sat 10 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

What's Up, Doc? wrote:
For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps!

This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union!
The players didn't call the game off you fool, the ref did.
[quote][p][bold]What's Up, Doc?[/bold] wrote: For God's sake! Football is essentially a winter season sport, it rains, get over it! Are they not men? Do they not realise that they won't melt if they get wet? I'm sorry but they are wimps! This doesn't happen in rugby, league or union![/p][/quote]The players didn't call the game off you fool, the ref did. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 6

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