The Rams have seen an unprecedented run of games abandoned after starting the New Year with a run of victories and some good performances.
A settled side and some confidence saw the side reassert themselves on the pitch and a run of wins helped them move up the table, writes Paul Smith
But then in an extraordinary twist games against Fisher, Guildford City and Chatham Town were all called off for different reasons. The game against Fisher was abandoned with the Rams winning 3-1 and the visitors down to 10 men. After an hour the visitors refused to continue claiming one of their players had been abused. This was denied by all concerned and after a thorough investigation by the London FA they have agreed, much to the club’s relief, and no further action will be taken. The outcome of the game still remains to be decided. Then, as January marched on the game against Guildford City in the Surrey Senior Cup took place in freezing temperatures making the ground hard. Going in to the break and 2-0 up The Rams looked set for a place in the Quarter-Finals for the first time but then the referee decided, against the wishes of both teams, that it was now too frozen and he abandoned the game.
There hadn’t been a game abandoned previously and now it was three in a season having also lost a game back in August due to an injury to a player. But three soon became four with the visit of Chatham Town. This time it was 2-2 and the game had moved into extra-time when a fault to one of the floodlights saw one of the pylons fail and it was not possible to continue.
The Rams now face two big games in February with the visits of Crowborough Athletic (February 22) and Sheppey United xx(February 29). Crowborough are struggling at the bottom whilst Sheppey are one of the favourites to be promoted.
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