TREVOR Senior was left flabbergasted after his side made the 150-mile round trip to Brislington on Saturday for absolutely nothing.
The Bees arrived at Ironmould Lane just minutes after being told the referee had deemed the pitch too dangerous to play on – a conclusion both teams strongly refute.
Senior told Echosport: “It was an absolute joke. We got the call to say the referee had called the game off when we were just five minutes away from the ground.
“When we got there he told us that the pitch was too soft and it presented a danger to both sets of players.
“I then walked on to the pitch and could not believe it because It was the best I have seen it.
“It was covered in grass and even when I came off the brand new training shoes I had on hardly any mud on them.
“We were dumbfounded and so were the officials at Brislington, including their manager Jeff Meacham, who used to play for Weymouth.
“We certainly couldn’t blame them because there was no reason for them to call an early pitch inspection at all.
“All the players wanted to play but the referee had made his mind up and that was it.
“The fact we had got all the way there and spent a lot of money in expenses was very frustrating indeed and it is unlikely we will get anything back.
“However, I have asked our secretary to contact the league secretary and I think Brislington are planning on doing the same.
“There were two patches on the right side that were slightly softer than other areas but it was just a normal pitch and we have certainly played on a lot worse. I am still baffled by it even now.”
To make matters worse for the Bees the postponement has also caused them heartache in regards to a couple of suspensions ahead of Saturday’s huge clash at fellow strugglers Radstock Town.
Senior added: “Darren Lock now has to wait one more game to complete his ban and it also means Shane Evans will now effectively miss four weeks due to a three-match suspension which starts today.
“It was also frustrating for Chris Luke. Our secretary had worked really hard last Friday to get all the paperwork completed in time for him to make his debut only for the player to end up just sitting on the bus.”
The Bees, who are still waiting to hear the full extent of Sam Charles’ knee injury, currently sit five points above third-bottom Radstock having played one game more.