Crossbar height to be probed

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FOOTBALL is often said to be a game of two halves, but perhaps none more so than at Long Melford’s Stoneylands.

If measurements taken after Saturday’s game with Saffron Walden (2-1 Melford) are to be believed the old adage rings truer than it should.

For the Essex club’s eagle-eyed historian, and chartered surveyor, Paul Daw noticed the crossbar at the northern end hung what he measured to be five inches too low and the other three inches below league stipulations (eight foot high by eight yards wide).

Ridgeons League secretary Nigel Spurling said the matter has been referred to the ground standards officer to investigate, but Melford’s chairman Alf Woodhouse’s claims the posts are the required height but the uneven height of the goal-line is responsible.

“What we will do is next time we prepare the ground we will smooth out any humps,” he said.

Following Saturday’s match, which saw Melford ‘denied’ a 4-1 victory after hitting the crossbar twice, Saffron Walden assistant boss John Butchart said there were no sour grapes, but “there must have been something drastically wrong with the referee’s preparations”.

Spurling said referee, Mr P Quick, did not have a tape measure with him, nor is required to.