CLAPTON FANS PUZZLED OVER POSTPONEMENT

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The pitch photographed at 4pm on Friday. A few hours’ later the Takeley game was postponed 20 hours in advance

Clapton fans were left puzzled after the club postponed Saturday’s game a full 20 hours in advance – despite the pitch seemingly in excellent condition.

We took these pics at 4pm on Friday, and reported that the pitch looked in tiptop condition for the clash with promotion-chasing Takeley.

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The pitch looked fine – albeit from a distance

However, just a few hours later, Clapton FC announced that the game was off due to a ‘waterlogged pitch’.

Since our photos were taken from outside the Old Spotted Dog, we at first thought perhaps there was water hidden among the long grass that we couldn’t see from a distance.

But the plot thickened as the  next morning, the club had changed their mind, saying it had been a ‘frozen pitch’.

To call off a game 20 hours in advance for a frozen pitch, when the forecast was a mild Friday night and a sunny Saturday day, seems curious.

In years gone by, the Tons struggled with multiple postponements each winter.

However, the pitch has been massively improved over last few seasons, and this turned out to be the first postponed Tons home game for over three years.

We asked Clapton FC for comment but they have not responded, in line with their policy not to speak to us.

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