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Rovers The Latest To Pull Friendly Plug

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New fewer than three Non-League clubs have been forced to abandon plans to play pre-season friendly matches this week.

Tranmere Rovers are the latest to withdraw from a warm-up game, leaving Evo-Stik NPL club Ashton United disappointed.

Rovers say an injury crisis has forced them to make the decision and they won’t travel to Hurst Cross on Saturday after all.

The game, it was hoped, would have seen a four-figure crowd with the National League season nearing.

The same news came the way of Southern League team AFC Totton on Monday afternoon.

National League South hopefuls Havant & Waterlooville informed them that because on a high number of injured players they could not play the match as planned.

Havant, managed by Lee Bradbury, apologise online and said the measure was with a heavy heart.

The Vanarama National League South club aren’t the only one who have had to make a difficult decision over the past few days.

This all came after North Ferriby United took the same step after playing Hull City on Saturday.

Ferriby said they couldn’t play Ossett Town after a crisis but said they had to do what’s best for themselves.

Their manager Steve Housham said: “We’ve got to say sorry to Ossett as it’s not something we want to do but in football sometimes you need to look after yourself.”


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