Bolton have had a third postponement in the space of a week and a half after this afternoon’s scheduled match as Salford was called off.
Having had two recent games called off at Moor Lane, a waterlogged pitch scuppered the chance of any football this afternoon. It’s especially frustrating after the Mansfield saga of late.
It does make a mockery of one of the EFL’s rules regarding pitches. All grounds must have a grass pitch, and it has led to situations such as Harrogate Town’s this season. In the National League they would play on an artificial surface, which had to be ripped up and replaced upon promotion to the Football League – even to the point where they had to start the season playing at Doncaster to get that work done.
With the lesser chance of postponements on these types of surfaces, and the use they can also have to the community at large, it doesn’t make sense for the EFL to have such a rule. In fact, maybe go the other way and stipulate if you have a grass pitch, you have a minimum standard of maintenance to ensure you reasonably get games on.
Or maybe just play all League Two games at our place. We have running water and everything.