The referee abandoned Carshalton Athletic’s game at Hornchurch on Saturday after 38 minutes with the score at 1-1 due to the floodlights failing when an area-wide power cut hit the ground.
Before the lights went out, Hornchurch had taken an early lead when Ollie Muldoon powered home a shot from outside the area. Carshalton replied less than 10 minutes later with their first real effort on goal when Harry Ottaway finished skilfully from inside the penalty area after good work down the left-hand side from Dan Bassett.
With the game finely balanced, Carshalton spurned a golden opportunity to take the lead when Austin Nkwonja handled and referee Scott Rudd awarded a penalty. Jordan Cheadle’s spot kick was well saved down to his left by Joe Wright in the Hornchurch goal.
But before Cheadle had had much time to agonise over the miss, the ground was plunged into a late dusky gloom, accompanied by a cacophony of surrounding house alarms going off.
After about 20 minutes of waiting, but with no imminent sign of the power coming back on, Rudd called time on the game, meaning that the Robins will have to return to the Hornchurch Stadium later in the season.
Carshalton don’t have long to wait for their next game as they entertain Horsham on Monday 22 November (7.45pm kick off) in the Isthmian League Premier Division, just over three weeks after they met in the FA Trophy. Someone make sure the electricity bill has been paid please!
Tickets are available at:
Adult (over 17) £11; Senior (over 65) £8; Child (under 18) £3