It’s taken a long time for the London FA to decide what they’re going to do, says Glebe boss Adam Woodward

Sunday 26th March 2017

GLEBE manager Adam Woodward has criticised the London Football Association concerning the length of time it’s taken to decide the outcome of their abandoned London Senior Trophy Semi-Final.

The Chislehurst-based club were leading Newham United 3-2 when the tie at Foxbury Avenue on Saturday 4 March was abandoned after 103 minutes through a serious injury and the visitors’ walked off the pitch to force an abandonment.

Woodward remains in the dark over the outcome.

The London FA originally decided to award Glebe a place in the Final against Balham and then changed its mind and the club will have to attend a hearing in Essex on Tuesday.

Ryman League Division One South outfit Corinthian-Casuals were supposed to be staging the Final next Saturday 1 April, but the Final has now been put back and will be played on Saturday 6 May.

“Don’t know what’s going on, I don’t know really and it is frustrating,” said Woodward.

“We don’t know where we are for starters and we can’t afford to miss another League game, but look that’s out of my hands, that’s the club to deal with when the decisions been made by the London FA. We’ll sit down as a club and see what’s the best way forward for the football club.

“What I will say, it’s taken a long time for the London FA to decide what they’re going to do. 

“It’s gone backwards and forth; we are in the Final; we’re not in the Final.  I don’t think it’s been handled great but at the end of the day we can only do what we’re told.”

Glebe remain second in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division following their 3-1 win at third-from-bottom side Crockenhill on Saturday afternoon.

They remain a point behind leaders Rusthall – who beat Meridian VP by the single goal – but Glebe do have four games in hand on the leaders and must cram in seven more League games before the final day of the season on 22 April.

Fearing a crushing fixture back-log, Woodward will have to use his strength-in-depth to ensure the club finish in one of the two promotion slots.

He said: “We’ve got games to play, if we have to play The Final on a Saturday and we have to play on a Thursday, that’s the way it is.”

Promotion into the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division will give Glebe an opportunity to play in the London Senior Cup against more senior teams, including AFC Wimbledon and Welling United.