Ashington to reimburse fans for abandoned Consett game

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Ashington CFC are to reimburse their fans who saw last week’s midweek clash against Consett abandoned at half-time due to fog.

The scores were locked at 2-2 at the time when Gateshead-based referee Mark Edwards, after consulting with his assistants as well as respective managers Gary Middleton and Kenny Lindoe, called a halt.

By FA rules the club are under no obligation to refund or reimburse, but club official Brian Shotton revealed that it is a gesture by the Woodhorn Lane outfit to do this.

“People did pay to watch a full game and when the decision came to abandon proceedings at half-time, I can fully understand and appreciate feelings of frustration and disappointment,” he said.

“By FA rules we are under no obligation to offer a refund – but as a club gesture we felt that we would like to reduce the admission prices to £3 for adults and £1 for concessions whenever the game is replayed.”

He continued: “I know other clubs have not done the same given the same circumstances, but we like to try and accommodate the fans at our club and only last Saturday, slashed prices for our game against Billingham Town as it was our third home outing in a week.”

For the record, Glen Taylor and Kyle Oliver put the Colliers into a two-goal lead but the Steelemen levelled through Michael Mackay and Luke Sullivan.