BRACKNELL Town players were left fuming after their Hellenic League match against Woodley United at Rivermoor Stadium on Monday night was postponed less than an hour before the kick-off, writes Dave Wright.

The pitch looked in good condition despite all the rain, but the match officials said the heavily-sanded goalmouth nearest to the car park was waterlogged.

“It was so annoying as we wanted to play,” said Robins’ new player-manager Carl Davies.

It would have been Davies’ first match in his new position and against one of his former clubs, having played a leading role in getting Woodley promoted from the Reading Football League to the Hellenic League back in 2009.

“When we played a cup tie at Ardley the pitch was 10 times worse than it was tonight,” claimed Davies “There appears a lack of consistency among the refs when they come to making these decisions.”

Monday’s late postponement was particularly frustrating for Town striker TJ Bohane.

With his car off the road, he took the train from Swindon, but it broke down and had to change trains. It took him two hours to get to the ground in west Reading, only to be told the game was off.

Davies admitted he was “excited” about taking over as player-manager.

“It’s something I always thought I would end up doing, though perhaps not this early,” he said.

“The plan is for me to do the job for the rest of the season, and then we will assess things during the summer. Kayne (Steinborn-Busse) wanted to keep it in-house and that is why we got Geoff (Warner) back. There may be another appointment as well.”

On becoming the manager as well, Davies commented: “I just want it to be business as usual.

“I received texts from players and they all seem happy. The only thing I will insist on is that they all become Cardiff (City) fans.”

Davies still believes Bracknell can produce a late charge for the title, saying: “If we win our 13 games we win the league, it is as simple as that. As a captain that is all I wanted, and now as manager, nothing changes.”