Rea frustrated with latest United postponement

Chad Milner
Chad Milner

Worthing United Football Club suffered their third consecutive postponement on Tuesday night, much to the frustration of 
manager Martyn Rea.

Their home clash with AFC Uckfield – originally scheduled for November 26 – was called off for the second time, owing to a waterlogged pitch.

Rea blamed Tuesday’s postponement on Marquis Rangers’ FA Sunday Cup clash at Lyons Farm.

United wanted to call the match off, but were told it was the decision of the match referee, who called the game on.

Rea said: “Because it was an FA-sanctioned competition, they said we couldn’t call it off and it was down to the referee and he said it was fine to play on – it’s trashed it.

“We went up there on Tuesday to try to roll it but we couldn’t get on there. There was standing water and just no chance.”

United’s clash on Saturday at Ringmer also fell victim to the weather and the United chief admitted it has come at a bad time.

They had re-signed Josh Sutcliffe from Arundel, as well as hoping to have Chad Milner and Barney Boutwood signed from Ferring, along with two young, dual-signed Whitehawk players available for the match with Uckfield.

Rea said: “I had the best squad I have had available all season. There were five new signings in and I’m hoping to make a couple more as well.

“I was buzzing for it and wanted it on more than anyone and all the lads were keen to play as well.”

United have a free week on Saturday, owing to Peacehaven playing in the FA Vase.