Date: 8th August 2010 at 8:48pm
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THE seasons curtain raiser against Aldershot may have finished goalless, but it is the Football League who have scored an own goal.

Accrington Stanley had asked The Football League if they would be able to change their season opener against the Shots from the Crown Ground, to Aldershot, as the East Lancashire pitch wasn’t yet strong enough to hold 90 minutes of football.

But league chiefs snubbed the club’s approach, and instead insisted that the game took place in Accrington as originally scheduled. Which effectively killed the game, days before it even kicked off.

The newly laid turf was hit with a minor delay, which meant that the surface was still in a ‘settling period’, a time which is vital to the strength of the pitch, meaning that it would cut up under foot should it be played on.

Accrington manager John Coleman and Shots gaffer Kevin Dillon agreed after the game, that it was infact the pitch that had come out on top, and minimising both sides’ chances of victory.

‘It was a solid performance in the end but I think both teams nullified each other and a draw was the fairest result possible.’ Dillon explained to TEAMtalk.

‘The pitch was dreadful, especially in this day and age, it’s just not good enough and I feel sorry for Accrington because they wanted to change the game to our ground. In the end the pitch probably won 3-0.’