GUISELEY AFC has vented its frustration after seeing last night’s match at Whitby Town postponed at the last minute.

The Northern Premier League Premier Division contest was scheduled to kick-off at 7:45pm and having arrived with the first team in Whitby an hour before the game was set to commence, The Lions were soon to find out that the game would be postponed due to a ‘frozen pitch’.

Not only had the first team squad and staff turned up to the Towbar Express Stadium, a number of Guiseley’s loyal fanbase had also made the trip to watch their team play by the coast.

James Pickles, Football General Manager and Football Secretary at Nethermoor displayed his frustration in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, when he said: “An extremely frustrating night for players, staff and supporters travelling all the way to Whitby in freezing conditions only to have it called off five minutes before kick-off!

“With the pitch being frozen at 11am this morning and no prior inspection being arranged due to the home club’s confidence in the pitch thawing, the match officials were ultimately put in a very difficult position upon their and being greeted with a frozen section either side of the touchline.

“Although the pitch was worked on and given until the very last moment to be rectified, the pitch was still deemed unsafe to be played on.

“We are very disappointed that an earlier inspection couldn’t have taken place to avoid everyone’s wasted time, but ultimately the right call was made for the players’ safety.”

Guiseley chairman, Gary Douglas also commented: “As a gesture towards your fantastic support and commitment in travelling up to Whitby last night, the club will cover the cost of a supporters coach up to Whitby once it’s re-arranged.”

The new date will be confirmed soon.