Southport say suggestions they pulled out of tonight’s friendly because they couldn’t field a team are simply not true.
The Port were due to face Burscough but withdrew on Monday evening.
Burscough released a statement saying the Sandgrounders’ injury list was stacking up and they couldn’t raise a side.
But the Vanarama National League North club have hit back at those suggestions and said it was due to the state of the hosts’ pitch.
“Southport Football Club does not recognise the validity of the highly regrettable comments appearing on the Burscough FC website earlier today, in relation to the cancellation of Tuesday’s pre-season friendly at Victoria Park,” said a club spokesman.
“While we can confirm that the fixture was cancelled at Southport’s request, this decision was made after a review of the playing surface at Victoria Park.
“First Team coach John Durnin reviewed the playing surface this afternoon and after discussing the situation with the management team, the club decided the pitch at Victoria Park was not suitable for the fixture.”