SOMEONE up there did not want this game to be played.
Despite the unparalleled effort of fans, the expert and precision decision making of the ground staff, plus all the will in Woking, Cards could not fulfil their Blue Square Premier meeting with Newport County on Tuesday.
A blanket of snow was carefully rolled off the Kingfield turf on Tuesday and, when match officials arrived at the ground at around 5.30pm, the pitch was deemed playable.
But a violent and unrelenting snow storm arrived to ruin the party, undoing all the volunteers’ efforts in a matter of minutes.
By 7pm the game had been chalked off – just the latest casualty in a long list of matches to be claimed by the freezing temperatures.
Garry Hill’s hopes were dashed as the green turf disappeared under a fresh coat of powder.
He also expressed his gratitude to the fans who helped give this fixture a fighting chance.
He said: “I feel so sorry for the supporters and everyone who have put in so much hard work earlier in the week. What I have learned at Woking is that we are all in it together.
“You’ve seen that response and that effort in the fans trying to get this game on. They all played their part and that is an encouraging sign for Woking.
“It’s unfortunate because there has been a lot of work put into this game by everyone connected with the club.
“The chairman, the directors, the supporters – everyone has put in such a great effort – and the groundsman has done brilliantly to get the pitch in perfect playing order at 6pm. It looked a treat – but all of a sudden the sky opened and the snow came down.
“It’s disappointing that we’ve now got to arrange the game for a later date.”
Hill’s primary concern is the prospect of a trip to in-form Kidderminster on Saturday, having not played a competitive game since the 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet on January 13.
Steve Burr’s Harriers will not be the same team who shared the spoils at Kingfield in November – but Hill urged fans not to forget Cards’ recent run heading into Saturday.
Kidderminster have rocketed up the table after losing their first five games of the season.
Burr’s side now occupy the final play-off place, and sit just six points off top spot.
But Hill pointed to the Cards’ recent upturn in fortunes and said: “They are a good side and are arguably as good as any we’ve played this season.
“It will be a very tough game for us because I think they’ve only lost something like two in their last 20 league games.
“They are flying but we’re not going too badly ourselves at the moment so hopefully we’ll get a good result.”