Hawks manager Doswell laments Slough abandonment

Havant and Waterlooville manager Paul Doswell was left furious after their National League South match against Slough Town was abandoned.

The Hawks took a 2-0 lead before the game was stopped by referee Aji Ajibola in the 70th minute with overlying surface water on the pitch the reason the match grinded to a sudden halt.

Doswell was left livid following the decision to abandon the game. Credit: Kieron Louloudis

“As soon as they (Slough) went 2-0 down they decided they didn’t want to play and the management team put a lot of pressure on the referee to stop it.” Said Doswell.

A precautionary pitch inspection took place at 1:15 when the referees arrived, with the surface being deemed playable.

Despite saying the match should have never gone ahead, Doswell wasn’t happy that the game didn’t see its conclusion.

“My personal opinion is that the pitch wasn’t playable (at the start of the match), but I also thought it wasn’t particularly playable in the first half when we had the hardest half to defend.

Westleigh Park, the home ground of Havant and Waterlooville. Credit: Henry Deacon

“In normal circumstances you wouldn’t expect the football to keep going, but in my opinion because we were we had no reason to stop.

“It was the same for both sides.”

Doswell was left further frustrated with video footage emerging of Slough players embracing following the abandonment, something which has left a sour tase in his mouth.

“The biggest disappointment is how their players reacted especially in the changing room, banging on our doors and singing songs as if they’ve won the game.

“It’s disrespectful at this level of football.”