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English non-league club miss game after mix-up over flight times

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Isthmain League match between Carshalton Athletic and Guernsey on Saturday had to be postponed after the latter turned up for the wrong flight.

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Guernsey were booked on the 7:00 a.m. flight to Gatwick, but turned up for the 8:30 a.m. flight instead.

With a high volume of passengers travelling due to the begining of the half-term holiday, no alternative options to accommodate the team were available.

"It was totally my error," Guernsey secretary Mark Le Tissier, the brother of Southampton legend Matt, told BBC Radio Guernsey. "I apologise on behalf of myself and the club for the error.

"Being half-term, all the flights were booked and we couldn't get on another one."

Guernsey have already struggled with midweek matches away from home as players find it difficult to get time off work, and it is likely that their Carshalton fixture will be another away trip which will be arranged for a Tuesday night.

Carshalton secretary Chris Blanchard said: "They did try very hard to make the game.

"As a fellow secretary I have total sympathy for him, it must be an absolute nightmare for them. It's something that happens and we move on.

"I've spoken to Mark since the game was postponed and we'll rearrange for a date as soon as we can."

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