UNITED manager Martin Ling displayed a rare flash of irritation after some reports in the media that Exeter send their groundstaff to help with the Plainmoor pitch because of a spate of injuries in the Yellow camp.
The groundstaff from both clubs worked tirelessly in order to get Saturday’s game on but the torrential of recent weeks eventually forced the referee to postpone the fixture four hours before kick-off.
It was an act of real togetherness from two local rivals and Martin feels this unnecessary attempt to sour that unity is a real shame.
“There have been some reports in the media that Exeter came down to help on the pitch because we had injuries, which is absolutely first class rubbish,” he said.
“Exeter came down here to genuinely help get the game on and we wanted the game on. If we wanted the game to be called off, we wouldn’t invite their groundstaff down to Plainmoor.
“We are two clubs that get on very well and we would have been very happy for the game to go ahead. I am a manager who deals with every game with the personnel available and you do everything possible to get the game on.
“It would have been a good occasion for everybody and these reports are terrible really. The two clubs have worked really well together to make the game happen and I was so pleased they came to help us.
“It showed real unity between the two clubs and people trying to cause mischief like this is totally out of order.”