Today’s Vanarama National League North game at King’s Lynn Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The match was postponed following a morning pitch inspection at The Walks.
The club made contact with officials at King’s Lynn last night to discuss the playability of the pitch and what plans were in place in the event of any doubt about the fixture.
We requested an inspection be carried out at 8am ahead of the team’s planned departure from Haig Avenue but were informed that this was not required.
Despite numerous attempts to contact our opposition we were told of a 9am inspection after 9am. We made the decision to stop the team coach on the M6 until a decision was reached. At 9.50am, and with no decision made, we had to move again to ensure the team would not arrive late if the game was to go ahead.
The match referee has confirmed that he also encouraged an inspection last night and early this morning. A Level 4 referee was called to inspect the pitch despite not being deemed suitable to make a decision.
Photographs of the surface were sent to the match referee shortly after 9am and he confirmed that if the surface had not improved by the time he arrived the match would be called off.
We were informed at around 10am, first by social media and shortly after by an official from King’s Lynn, that the match was postponed.
We can only apologise to any Southport fans who had started their journey.