Bentley: Referee had no choice but to call Exeter game off

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley had no complaints about the late postponement at Exeter City on Saturday.

The Shrimps travelled down on Friday with no concerns about the state of the St James’ Park pitch but a torrential downpour just a couple of hours before the game left the surface unplayable.

Former Premier League official Andy D’Urso, who was set to be in charge of the League 2 clash, had no choice but to call off the game shortly before 2pm with large areas of the pitch under water.

Bentley said: “It’s a real blow for everyone, the players and the fans, and it is especially disappointing as it has come so late in the day.

“But the referee had no choice and it is just one of those things.

“The pitch was alright at lunchtime but it rained hard for a long period and the forecast was also poor so we just have to take it on the chin and move on.”

The Shrimps boss admitted his first thought was with the fans who had made a near 600-mile round trip without a ball being kicked.

He said: “I feel sorry for the fans that made the journey down and we all really do appreciate their support.”