Saints 2-0 Ross County (match abandoned)

By Stuart Gillespie
Last updated : 02 November 2013

It has not been a nice day in Paisley. It has been raining for ours at varying intensities. However, we got the game started and got ourselves two goals up. Things got a bit dodgy at the end of the first half and we should probably not have started the second - but we did. Then Willie Collum decided it was too wet and so called a temporary halt to proceedings. That was the correct decision. What followed was almost certainly not.

The groundstaff and some youth players took to the field with forks and brushes in a bid to remove some of the water. Collum and chums appeared and rolled, bounced and kicked the ball about. Every time it bounced or rolled the home fans cheered. It's fair to say they weren't exactly doing it with a great deal of intensity, no doubt looking to call the game off. They returned inside and work continued.

A short while later they returned and walked about once more. It was a surprise the ball rolled as they were hardly throwing it, so the fact it moved at all was a bonus. Collum was clearly loving the focus and then returned inside so he was free from the abuse when the announcement was put out that the game was being abandoned. It was pathetic. After the work had been done the pitch had been no worse than when we played in the first half so there was no reason to call it off. This will sound like sour grapes because we were winning at the time but it's not - there's no reason the game couldn't have been finished.

There's no point going into great detail about the 50 or so minutes we did see as it's now irrelevant. Paul McGowan forced his way through the Staggies defence and hit the bar. County's Kevin Luckassen somehow shot wide before Steven Thompson then sent one just past the post.

We went in front when Jim Goodwin's free-kick found Lee Mair and he nodded the ball down for McGowan to force across the line. Admittedly that came after it had got caught in the water and under the feet of both McGowan and Ben Gordon, but they all count. We then doubled the lead when McGinn sent a defence splitting pass through to Thompson who controlled it before dispatching it past Brown.

At this point you could see it was getting a bit wet and you did worry if the game would resume after half-time. It did, briefly, and Kello blocked a shot before Graham Carey put a free-kick into the wall. McGinn saw a shot tipped wide and that was that - Collum stopped things and wasn't satisfied the work had done a job.

Utterly ridiculous.

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