Correct decision for Waddock
Two superb goals by Eliot Richards had put the Pirates in
control but persistent heavy rain coupled with a thunderstorm that
saw lightning come dangerously close to striking Adams Park put the
match in jeopardy.
Eventually, referee Andy Davies decided to call off proceedings
with 67 minutes gone with the pitch unplayable and the fan’s safety
Waddock said: “It was for health and safety reasons so you have
to say that, of course, the right decision was made. As we came out
for the second half, we saw the grey skies and the rain that was
falling and the conditions were just awful.
“Then we had the thunder and lightning so, obviously, for safety
reasons the game had to be called off. I can understand Bristol
Rovers being so disappointed with the scoreline being 3-1 in their
favour but everyone’s safety is more important than any result.
“It’s a bit of a let-off for us because they were 3-1 up and
that tells you that they were in a position to go on and win the
game. It was a disappointing first half from us, though – we put
some fresh legs in the team but that wasn’t the case and there’s no
getting away that we were poor.”