Dickov fury after Doncaster Rovers’ FA Cup tie in Somerset is called off 21 minutes before kick-off

Paul Dickov talks to fans after the  postponement is announced. Picture: Steve Uttley
Paul Dickov talks to fans after the postponement is announced. Picture: Steve Uttley
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Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov was left angry that his side’s FA Cup first round clash with non-League Weston-Super-Mare was cancelled so close to kick-off.

And many annoyed Rovers’ fans vented their frustration after an expensive and wasted 400-mile round journey.

The Keepmoat club have reacted by offering to help supporters with costs should they wish to travel to the rearranged tie. Those who cannot attend can get a refund on their tickets.

One Doncaster fan invaded the pitch to express his anger and had to be escorted off by police.

It was only 21 minutes before the scheduled 3pm start that referee Tim Robinson decide to postpone the fixture because of an unplayable pitch.

Persistent heavy rain had left areas of the surface water-logged, although Dickov had hoped the decision to postpone could have been made earlier to prevent supporters travelling.

The home supporters were also denied the chance to watch their Vanarama Conference South side try and pull off a cup shock against their League One visitors.

Dickov went to speak to Doncaster fans from the touchline and supporters remained in the ground 40 minutes after the game had been called off to show their displeasure.

“We have to respect the referee’s decision, but we felt if it was going to be called off, it could have been done earlier,” admitted Dickov.

“I’m disappointed. We prepared for the game and we were ready to play.

“I remember playing in a lot worse than that. You just get on with it.

“The referee tried everything to get the game on. But at 10:30 this morning, when the rain started coming down, perhaps that was the time to make the decision?

“I can understand the frustration of our fans. They’ve spent a lot of money and time to come down.”

The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 18 (7.45pm).

A brief statement on the official Doncaster Rovers website confirmed that the club are planning to help their supporters with costs for the re-arranged tie.

“Tickets purchased for the original game will still be valid and those unable to attend will be able to claim a refund on the tickets purchased.

“Finally the club are looking to work with the supporters club about contributing towards travel costs for the re-arranged tie.”