Simkin – Truro tried to put the pressure on ref

Dorset Echo: FRUSTRATION: Phil Simkin FRUSTRATION: Phil Simkin

MAGPIES’ boss Phil Simkin has accused Truro City of putting referee Mark Pottage under “intense pressure” to play yesterday’s Blue Square Bet South clash at Treyew Road.

After several inspections of the Cornish club’s pitch, the official eventually took the decision to postpone the match with just 20 minutes left until the scheduled 3pm kick-off.

Although the call was late it was one that Simkin wholeheartedly agreed with, just not the way in which it came about.

Speaking to Echosport after the Magpies’ frustrating Boxing Day afternoon, he said: “I can’t think of a game I’ve been involved in that has been called off that late.

“I have to say the referee was being put under a lot of pressure by Truro to play the game but nothing surprises me where they are concerned.

“He had no choice because the pitch was under water. He made the right decision but it’s just the way it came about that’s annoying.

“The weather forecast was pretty straight forward – it was going to hammer down with rain.

“The referee nearly called it off earlier in the day but waited until 2pm and it was quite obvious it couldn’t be played.

“We were on the pitch warming-up and it was lashing down. I was just about to go out there and the referee came and said it was off about 20 minutes before.

“Everyone was out there drenched and covered in mud after the warm-up and at that stage we were just ready to play.

He continued: “I have absolutely no sympathy with Truro for wanting to get the game on in that way.

“The referee is experienced and I’ve known him for many years but he was put under intense pressure. I thought he dealt with it brilliantly and made the right decision.

“It was a long way for us to go and obviously it’s going to cost us money and we’ll have to go back there one Tuesday night in the new year.”

The rain, which also put paid to Dorchester’s home encounter with Farnborough on Saturday, is beginning to cause all sorts of problems for Simkin’s men, who now have not played a league game since December 8.

And Simkin, back at the helm after a period of personal leave, is worried that the impending fixture backlog will stretch his squad to its limits.

“We’re going to have to play twice a week for the rest of the season which will stretch the squad,” he added.

“At the moment we are fine but as soon as we start playing and pick up injuries it’s going to stretch us.

The squad will train today in preparation for Saturday’s trip to Bath City.

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11:29am Thu 27 Dec 12

Chesilmaster says...

As a Weymuff fan, even I am disappointed that Dorchester had to travel down in that horrendous weather, to a match that was never going to be played.
I hope all travel costs are reimbursed.
As a Weymuff fan, even I am disappointed that Dorchester had to travel down in that horrendous weather, to a match that was never going to be played. I hope all travel costs are reimbursed. Chesilmaster

2:50pm Fri 28 Dec 12

M40 says...

Phil Simkin and the Dorset Echo should apologise to Lee Hodges the Truro City manager and Truro City Football Club for their accusation and smearing the name of our club and in doing so our new owners.

Simkin exchanged team sheets with the referee at the same time as Lee Hodges, Lee's only contact with the referee after that was to ask what his decision was as he walked off following a further inspection, here was no pressure because it was not mentioned.

No credit was given to the Truro volunteers who worked tirelessly from 7 am on the pitch that PASSED a 2 pm inspection, the downfall that followed that 2 pm inspection was the deciding factor, nothing to do with Mr Hodges or Truro City Football Club.

With the referee residing in DORSET he would have every sympathy with Dorchester Town FC, it's location and benefit to them to play the game if at all possible, a remit given to all referees.

This slur on Truro City is unfounded and more likely a ploy by Dorchester Town to reclaim travel costs over and above any entitlement they may be allowed from central Conference funds.

I shall not bother to attend your New Years day return match because your LIES have convinced me the admission money is best kept in my pocket.

Simkin should publically apologise to Mr Hodges, probably the most honourable man in football.

Phew: and I didnt use one swear word but many came to mind.
Phil Simkin and the Dorset Echo should apologise to Lee Hodges the Truro City manager and Truro City Football Club for their accusation and smearing the name of our club and in doing so our new owners. Simkin exchanged team sheets with the referee at the same time as Lee Hodges, Lee's only contact with the referee after that was to ask what his decision was as he walked off following a further inspection, here was no pressure because it was not mentioned. No credit was given to the Truro volunteers who worked tirelessly from 7 am on the pitch that PASSED a 2 pm inspection, the downfall that followed that 2 pm inspection was the deciding factor, nothing to do with Mr Hodges or Truro City Football Club. With the referee residing in DORSET he would have every sympathy with Dorchester Town FC, it's location and benefit to them to play the game if at all possible, a remit given to all referees. This slur on Truro City is unfounded and more likely a ploy by Dorchester Town to reclaim travel costs over and above any entitlement they may be allowed from central Conference funds. I shall not bother to attend your New Years day return match because your LIES have convinced me the admission money is best kept in my pocket. Simkin should publically apologise to Mr Hodges, probably the most honourable man in football. Phew: and I didnt use one swear word but many came to mind. M40

5:39pm Fri 28 Dec 12

212 dorset says...

M40 wrote:
Phil Simkin and the Dorset Echo should apologise to Lee Hodges the Truro City manager and Truro City Football Club for their accusation and smearing the name of our club and in doing so our new owners. Simkin exchanged team sheets with the referee at the same time as Lee Hodges, Lee's only contact with the referee after that was to ask what his decision was as he walked off following a further inspection, here was no pressure because it was not mentioned. No credit was given to the Truro volunteers who worked tirelessly from 7 am on the pitch that PASSED a 2 pm inspection, the downfall that followed that 2 pm inspection was the deciding factor, nothing to do with Mr Hodges or Truro City Football Club. With the referee residing in DORSET he would have every sympathy with Dorchester Town FC, it's location and benefit to them to play the game if at all possible, a remit given to all referees. This slur on Truro City is unfounded and more likely a ploy by Dorchester Town to reclaim travel costs over and above any entitlement they may be allowed from central Conference funds. I shall not bother to attend your New Years day return match because your LIES have convinced me the admission money is best kept in my pocket. Simkin should publically apologise to Mr Hodges, probably the most honourable man in football. Phew: and I didnt use one swear word but many came to mind.
I suggest your Truro volunteers work harder next time and carry on work until kick off time. The the game might have been on with betteer organisation.
[quote][p][bold]M40[/bold] wrote: Phil Simkin and the Dorset Echo should apologise to Lee Hodges the Truro City manager and Truro City Football Club for their accusation and smearing the name of our club and in doing so our new owners. Simkin exchanged team sheets with the referee at the same time as Lee Hodges, Lee's only contact with the referee after that was to ask what his decision was as he walked off following a further inspection, here was no pressure because it was not mentioned. No credit was given to the Truro volunteers who worked tirelessly from 7 am on the pitch that PASSED a 2 pm inspection, the downfall that followed that 2 pm inspection was the deciding factor, nothing to do with Mr Hodges or Truro City Football Club. With the referee residing in DORSET he would have every sympathy with Dorchester Town FC, it's location and benefit to them to play the game if at all possible, a remit given to all referees. This slur on Truro City is unfounded and more likely a ploy by Dorchester Town to reclaim travel costs over and above any entitlement they may be allowed from central Conference funds. I shall not bother to attend your New Years day return match because your LIES have convinced me the admission money is best kept in my pocket. Simkin should publically apologise to Mr Hodges, probably the most honourable man in football. Phew: and I didnt use one swear word but many came to mind.[/p][/quote]I suggest your Truro volunteers work harder next time and carry on work until kick off time. The the game might have been on with betteer organisation. 212 dorset

9:06pm Fri 28 Dec 12

M40 says...

212 dorset wrote:
M40 wrote:
Phil Simkin and the Dorset Echo should apologise to Lee Hodges the Truro City manager and Truro City Football Club for their accusation and smearing the name of our club and in doing so our new owners. Simkin exchanged team sheets with the referee at the same time as Lee Hodges, Lee's only contact with the referee after that was to ask what his decision was as he walked off following a further inspection, here was no pressure because it was not mentioned. No credit was given to the Truro volunteers who worked tirelessly from 7 am on the pitch that PASSED a 2 pm inspection, the downfall that followed that 2 pm inspection was the deciding factor, nothing to do with Mr Hodges or Truro City Football Club. With the referee residing in DORSET he would have every sympathy with Dorchester Town FC, it's location and benefit to them to play the game if at all possible, a remit given to all referees. This slur on Truro City is unfounded and more likely a ploy by Dorchester Town to reclaim travel costs over and above any entitlement they may be allowed from central Conference funds. I shall not bother to attend your New Years day return match because your LIES have convinced me the admission money is best kept in my pocket. Simkin should publically apologise to Mr Hodges, probably the most honourable man in football. Phew: and I didnt use one swear word but many came to mind.
I suggest your Truro volunteers work harder next time and carry on work until kick off time. The the game might have been on with betteer organisation.
There's no excuse for ignorance.

At City we probably have the most highly qualified grounds-person in the Football Conference.

Therefore, I shall treat 212 Dorset's posting with the contempt it deserves, Dorchster Town as a club with the wrong person (wouldn't say MAN) at the helm and the Dorset Echo as yet another badly edited local rag sheet.
[quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M40[/bold] wrote: Phil Simkin and the Dorset Echo should apologise to Lee Hodges the Truro City manager and Truro City Football Club for their accusation and smearing the name of our club and in doing so our new owners. Simkin exchanged team sheets with the referee at the same time as Lee Hodges, Lee's only contact with the referee after that was to ask what his decision was as he walked off following a further inspection, here was no pressure because it was not mentioned. No credit was given to the Truro volunteers who worked tirelessly from 7 am on the pitch that PASSED a 2 pm inspection, the downfall that followed that 2 pm inspection was the deciding factor, nothing to do with Mr Hodges or Truro City Football Club. With the referee residing in DORSET he would have every sympathy with Dorchester Town FC, it's location and benefit to them to play the game if at all possible, a remit given to all referees. This slur on Truro City is unfounded and more likely a ploy by Dorchester Town to reclaim travel costs over and above any entitlement they may be allowed from central Conference funds. I shall not bother to attend your New Years day return match because your LIES have convinced me the admission money is best kept in my pocket. Simkin should publically apologise to Mr Hodges, probably the most honourable man in football. Phew: and I didnt use one swear word but many came to mind.[/p][/quote]I suggest your Truro volunteers work harder next time and carry on work until kick off time. The the game might have been on with betteer organisation.[/p][/quote]There's no excuse for ignorance. At City we probably have the most highly qualified grounds-person in the Football Conference. Therefore, I shall treat 212 Dorset's posting with the contempt it deserves, Dorchster Town as a club with the wrong person (wouldn't say MAN) at the helm and the Dorset Echo as yet another badly edited local rag sheet. M40

10:28pm Fri 28 Dec 12

212 dorset says...

It was said tongue in cheek. It is christmas!
It was said tongue in cheek. It is christmas! 212 dorset

1:42am Sat 29 Dec 12

M40 says...

That's alright then :)

I doubt if the volunteers thought it funny, leaving their families early morning to experience wet, cold, muddy and tiring conditions, all to no avail.

Seasons Greetings.
That's alright then :) I doubt if the volunteers thought it funny, leaving their families early morning to experience wet, cold, muddy and tiring conditions, all to no avail. Seasons Greetings. M40

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