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Wakefield Trinity issue statement explaining floodlight failure

Last night Wakefield Trinity were leading Wigan Warriors 22-12 after 63 minutes when the game was abandoned by Chris Kendall.

It is the second time in two weeks that a fixture has had to be abandoned by Kendall. Last week, Kendall was forced to end the match between Doncaster and Hull FC early due to a head injury for Jordan Lane which led to him being stretchered from the field of play.

This week it was a much different situation. In the first half, the floodlights briefly went out and the problem persisted with the lights flickering on and off.

In the end, Kendall elected to end the match for the safety of the players involved ending the night on a sour note after the night began celebrating Wakefield’s new stand and also their amazing servant Matty Ashurst on his testimonial.

Wakefield Trinity Floodlight Failure

Wakefield Trinity stadium

A general view of play in front of the old 1924 main stand due for demolition this year Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Hull FC, Betfred Super League, Rugby League, Belle Vue, Wakefield, UK

Wakefield have issued the following statement explaining what went wrong on the night:

“The club would like to apologise to fans, Wigan Warriors and especially to Matty Ashurst for the issues which saw the match tonight abandoned after just over an hour.

“Prior to the game we identified an electrical issue with the new sub station which was installed by contractors. This resulted in the big screen, Brookey’s Bar and Street Kitchen being closed down and switched off in order to try and manage the problem.

“Throughout extensive testing in weeks leading up to the game, the club have had multiple successful floodlight tests and have encountered no similar issues.

“As the game went on, we realised the issue had not been solved and we continued to attempt to isolate the problem alongside our duty electrician within the ground.

“Unfortunately we were unable to solve the problem which led to referee Chris Kendall abandoning the game due to a player safety issue.

“The club will now be doing everything in their power to swiftly resolve the issue and guarantee that this issue will never happen again. Plans are already in motion to hire a new electrical team to source a backup generator.

“We would like to thank everyone who attended the game tonight in support of Matty Ashurst.”

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