It seems like the “Beast from the east” is having an effect on games before it even arrives – and has given the Vanarama National League South a headache – with Concord Rangers refusing to travel to Truro City tomorrow evening for their league game.
The 622-mile round trip which estimates around a 11-hour car journey would see the away fans arrive back in Essex around 3:30am and according to weather reports – they suggest travel times will increase with disruptions across the road networks of the UK.
A statement from Concord reads:
As you are undoubtedly aware, Amber weather warnings have been put in place for large areas of the country over the coming days and nights with the threat of severe snowfall affecting the UK.
The “Beast from the East” as it has been affectionately dubbed has already started to see games across Europe suffer postponements, and it is expected to have a significant effect on sports fixtures, travel networks etc in the next couple of days.
With that in mind, the sensible decision has been taken by Concord Rangers not to travel to Truro City tomorrow night. This is due to the significant risk that the journey will hold given the Amber weather warnings currently in place.
Concord Rangers Chairman Antony Smith stated “The health and safety of our fans, players and officials must take priority in this situation, and the decision to postpone the game this early is the right one for all concerned. Ultimately points and cost mean nothing when compared to life”
Officials here at Concord Rangers will be liaising with those at the National League and Truro City in an effort to make a decision regarding a rearranged date for this fixture as soon as possible.
Whilst Truro have stated:
TRURO City FC Chairman, Peter Masters, has cleared up the current situation regarding Tuesday’s home game against Concord Rangers.
“As far as Truro City is concerned, we are treating the game against Concord Rangers on Tuesday evening as on as are The National League,” he said. “There have been reports from elsewhere to the contrary but as I speak, the pitch is playable and the ground staff have been working hard on it.
“We will be preparing as usual and a warm welcome and hot pasty awaits our visitors.
“Protocol is the name of the game in this type of situation; we will wait and see what Tuesday brings, but Truro City FC are ready for all eventualities.”