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Spennymoor Town of the Northern Premier League Premier Division refuse to play second half of match

 
 Football News 24/  
 
Durham FA have told BBC Sport that it would be inves­tiga­ting the incident between the two non-league sides - Spennymoor Town and Newton Aycliffe. This after a pre-season 'friendly' was abandoned after Spennymoor refused to play the second-half of the game.

Spennymoor Town felt their match with fellow non-leaguers Newton Aycliffe was taking an "aggressive direction", and that's why they refused to play the second half.

Spennymoor, of the Northern Premier League Premier Division - the seventh tier of English football - said in a statement that it was "a risk" to continue as the match, which was abandoned at the break with Aycliffe leading 1-0.

The club said that they considered "the welfare of our staff and players as a top priority".

"In over 40 years as a player, manager and chairman I've never seen anything like it," said Allan Oliver chairman of Northern Football League Division One side Newton Aycliffe.

"Neither team's physio set foot on the pitch and no players left it through injury so I was as gobsmacked as everyone else, including several Spennymoor players, when they chose not to come out for the second half.

"I am disappointed for our supporters who were enjoying watching us lead against a team two divisions higher than us."

KJ

 

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