Altrincham chairman Bill Waterson has said the effectiveness of the Huish Park frost covers had taken Yeovil Town “by surprise” last weekend.

The National League fixture on Saturday was postponed by referee Sam Mulhall following a 1pm pitch with the Glovers describing the decision as “outrageous” and vowed to make a formal complaint.

Waterson told RadioAlty.co.uk he was in the car park at Yeovil Pen Mill train station when he learned the news of the postponement.

He said: “There was a National League meeting last week which I attended along with the Yeovil chief executive (Martyn Starnes) and some of the board members and I had a conversation with him on Thursday and they were very confident the game would go ahead.

They have good frost covers at Yeovil and they put those down on Friday night, I think what happened is when they took the covers up they discovered there were parts of the pitch that were quite wet which they were not expecting. It was almost that the frost covers had been too efficient.

It took them by surprise. There has been a lot of noise about whether the pitch was playable or not, particularly from Yeovil who apparently trained on the pitch that day, but you have to abide by the referee’s decision. He is the overall arbiter on this one, that’s life at this level.

The club has confirmed a 1pm pitch inspection will take place on Tuesday ahead of tonight’s match with Wealdstone (7.45pm kick-off) following discussions with local referees.


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