Burscough have hit back as the war of word between them and Southport shows no sign of abating.
Tuesday’s game was called off because the Linnetts said the National League North club could not field a team.
Southport responded and expressed their annoyance. They released a statement saying the only reason they pulled out was because of the condition of the pitch.
But now Burscough’s groundsman has had his say after suggestions the surface wasn’t fit for football.
Malcolm Crosby told The Champion said: “It’s not true. The pitch is playable and the game could have gone ahead.
“I’m a volunteer and I help keep the pitch in a good condition.”
Southport’s statement read: “We do not recognise the validity of the highly regrettable comments appearing on the Burscough FC website in relation to the cancellation of the pre-season friendly at Victoria Park.
“While we can confirm that the fixture was cancelled at our request, this decision was made after a review of the playing surface at Victoria Park.
“First Team Coach John Durnin reviewed the playing surface and after discussing the situation with the management team, the club decided the pitch at Victoria Park was not suitable for the fixture.
“When confirming the cancellation, we did include mention of a number of injured players but this was not the main or sole reason as alluded to by Burscough earlier today.
“Southport FC has enjoyed friendly relations with our local neighbours at Burscough FC for many years and we hope this continues in the future.”