The bad news first because that's what everyone wants to hear. Tonights game at Gateshead was called off just after 5.00pm tonight following a couple of postponed inspections of the International Stadiums pitch in the hope that the work being carried out on it would be successful.
It was first pencilled in for 2.30pm to allow the Harriers time to travel up and settle into their hotel for the night but was then moved to 4.30pm, but still give them time. This was then extended a further thirty minutes but to no avail with the waterlogged pitch being deemed un-drainable. That followed days of work trying to rectify a pitch that hasn't seen a game since they lost against Barrow on New Years Day.
With six home games now having been called off the club are desperate to avoid a backlog and are looking for an alternative venue to play their home fixtures or face censure from the Conference Board.
A new date for the game to be played will be announced soon.
Every day has a silver lining though and that came just a few hours previous when the club announced yet another new signing. Not the defender most fans were hoping for but a winger.
Martin Devaney is probably most well known to us from his time at local rivals Cheltenham Town with whom he spent six seasons with, racking up 227 games and 43 goals for the Robins. He finally left Whaddon Road to move up the League ladder to Barnsley, with a short un-successful sojurn at Watford, where he turned out 176 times for the Tykes and finding the net 18 times.
His last spell with an English club was with Tranmere Rovers before joining up with League of Ireland side Bohemians for a short while. Since then he has been without a club so, apart from needing match fitness, he is also a free agent and will remain with us until the end of the season.
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