NPL should publicly praise Pontefract

Pontefract Collieries

Pontefract Collieries got to Workington after an horrendous five-hour journey to Cumbria.

The Collieries eventually lost 2-1 in the BetVictor North West clash which kicked off at 3.45pm. Jake Picton gave Pontefract late hope in the fixture.

Pontefract had set off to Workington at 10am, but the three-hour journey took five because of a major car accident on the M6, which included an overturned caravan.

To say the treacherous and unavoidable long journey they faced, the NPL’s Twitter feed did not contain any praise for the Colls as of last night.

But that is not a shock as the NPL are not one to publicly praise clubs for these occurrences that do happen regularly to volunteer-led Non League clubs.

The league are probably preparing to fine the Colls for the late kick off.

Bradford (Park Avenue) visited Barrow on a Wednesday night in March 2005 for a Conference North fixture. The game kicked off at 9pm. Avenue had set off at 3pm, but because the M6 was totally closed due to a chemical leak, they got there at 8.30pm. Avenue had to go the long way round to get to Barrow.

The Conference sent an email the following morning praising Avenue for getting the fixture played considering the circumstances.

Fast forward to November 2006. Avenue, now back in the NPL, got to Shepshed Dynamo late for a midweek fixture. Avenue were delayed on the M1 after a person sadly jumped off a bridge. The team coach was stuck for sometime on the M1.

An email from the NPL was received the following morning. No praise, just a note to say Avenue were being fined £100 for being late and causing a delayed kick off.

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