AIRBUS UK Broughton manager Andy Preece led his team on a 260-mile wild goose chase on Easter Monday – now he wants to know why.
The Wingmakers’ Welsh Premier League clash at Carmarthen Town was called off 40 minutes before kick-off after it emerged that the referee and two assistants who were due to take charge had not turned up.
Preece wants to see his club compensated in full for the wasted journey and insists there is no way the second-placed Wingmakers will agree to making the seven-hour round trip back to Carmarthen in midweek.
The Airbus boss said: “A rearranged midweek game is just a no-goer. We’ve got three teachers in our squad and teachers can’t just get people to fill in for them.
“There were lads on Monday, like Mike Roddy and Sam Hart, who were meant to be working but did manage to get people to fill in for them.
“We pay our players per game, so they’re going to have to get paid. But it will be interesting to see who will pay that cost as it certainly shouldn’t be down to us.
“It’s ridiculous. The FAW have got some big decisions to make.”
Had Airbus won on Monday, they would have moved a potentially decisive six points clear of Bangor City in the race for second place and automatic qualification for the Europa League.
Preece said: “We’re waiting for a bit of guidance or direction to see whose fault it is. But this can’t be allowed to drag on. We need to know now – it’s an emergency.”
Part of the mix-up was due to the fact Monday’s game was a rearranged fixture.
The league issued a statement on Monday in which it apologised for the postponement, stating that ‘the correct procedure of re-appointing the original officials was not followed’ and that the ‘officials allocated to the original fixture are blameless’.
Carmarthen, who lost around £1,200 on the day, do not believe they are at fault.
A source from the Richmond Park club added: “Trying to blame Carmarthen won’t wash. Even the referee’s assessor hadn’t got a clue as to who the officials were.
“Airbus should put in a claim for every single penny and also for payments to be made to players and others for a rearranged game.”
Coincidentally, the Wingmakers’ next match is at home to Carmarthen this Saturday (2.30pm).
Airbus racked up a 4-1 home victory over Prestatyn Town on Good Friday. Wayne Riley and Mike Roddy set them on their way in the first half and Ryan Wade helped himself to two goals after the break, making Andy Parkinson’s well-struck free-kick a consolation.
Blacon Youth booked their place in the final of the Chester & District FA Senior Cup on Saturday.
They grabbed a winner six minutes from the end to defeat Christleton 2-1. Ryan Nickel and Sam Henry scored for Blacon, with Matty Travis replying for the Swans.
The Deva Athletic v Upton AA semi-final was postponed the home pitches for both teams were unplayable.
Lache racked up a huge win in the Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy quarter-finals. They beat FC Village 10-0 courtesy of goals from Addie Callighan (3), Michael Waters (2), Callum Humphreys, Sam Buckley, Dan Whitley, Dale Gilmartin and Scott Beech.
Newton Athletic lost 4-0 to Shaftesbury in the same competition.
In the Premier Division of the Chester & District League, Greyhound recovered from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Raby Villa 6-5. Adam Cheers and Chris Larson helped themselves to two goals apiece.
In Division One, Cestrian Alex saw off Pensby 2-0 and Chester Nomads were 2-1 winners over Ashton.
In Division Two, Boughton Athletic beat Lodge Bar 4-1 and Peacock went down 3-1 to Orange Athletic.
Porky’s Pantry were Division Three’s big winners, beating Grosvenor 8-0.