Date: 3rd November 2010 at 11:10am
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Rochdale’s clash with Oldham was abandoned after just seven minutes last night as the Spotland pitch was waterlogged.

Both sides were up for the game and thousands of travelling fans were left disappointed as they were looking forward to the first meeting of the two sides for 36 years in the league.

The ball could hardly roll so referee Tony Bates called the game off, leaving Paul Dickov to tell the Manchester Evening News:“It was a call that could have been made two hours earlier.

“I don`t think the referee had any choice but to call it off, but it could have been done at six o`clock. The pitch was in the same condition at six o`clock as it was when he called it off and we were told there was more rain coming.

“I said to the lads in the dressing room before the game kicked off that it was going ahead so there would be no excuses, but why the referee gave the go ahead when the ball wasn`t running down the sides of the pitch is beyond me. It wasn`t bouncing at six o`clock and it wasn`t bouncing at half past seven.”