It was all hands to the deck as over 60 people, including first team manager Joe Deeney, Chairman Dave Boggins, committee members and supporters who all responded to the clubs plea for help to clear the pitch in an effort to get this game on. Even the local MP Sir Mike Penning dropped by to help out.
But it was all vain sadly, as the local referee who turned up to do a preliminary check found that the goalmouth’s were unsafe and in his opinion, wouldn’t thaw enough in time for kick off.
It was frustrating for all concerned as the majority of the pitch had been protected from the frost by a thick layer of snow. The area’s around the six yard box however didn’t have quite as much grass covering on them and succumbed to the freezing conditions over night.
The good news is that there is a thaw expected so the game has been rescheduled for Tues day evening and as the many Tudors fans there pointed out, they would be in the draw for the last eight for the first time in the clubs history.
Hemel boss, Joe Deeney was absolutely chuffed with the turnout and was as frustrated as everyone else that the game was called off.
He said “it was great to see everyone there I cant thank them enough for their efforts. It was obviously disappointing in the end as we were expected a large crowd and the players were fully focused on the game and were looking forward to the tie. On the plus side we have had a few players suffering with illness this week and a couple have minor strains so a few more days recovery will help massively.
I asked him if he was getting concerned with the increasing fixture list backlog ?
“The fixture list is becoming a slight concern, especially if we have more bad weather this month. At present we will be playing Saturday/Tuesday all the way to the middle of March. It’s an old cliché but we take one game at a time and work to ensure we set up to win every game. After such a positive performance last week we were really hoping to keep the momentum going today but it wasn’t to be and we have three extra days to prepare. This month has some very interesting fixtures and we know it’s going to be very tough but that’s why we are in the game. First things first however, its Solihull this Tuesday and we must ensure we are focused and ready for this game”
So, all to play for on Tuesday, weather permitting and the club would just like to say a massive "Thank You" to all who turned up bright and early in freezing conditions to help out. It’s what local Non-League football is all about.