The club is conducting an investigation into the incident which occurred in the final minute of extra-time in Tuesday’s match against Farsley Celtic at Mariners Park.
If anyone witnessed it, we would appreciate them coming forward and speaking with our Managing Director, Keith Finnigan.
We pride ourselves on being a community-based club, and on having a family-friendly environment, which welcomes all to the ground.
It is therefore disconcerting to hear that some of our younger supporters felt intimidated and upset at the match on Tuesday, not just about the incident mentioned above, but the level of abusive language and actions which were being directed at the opposition and visiting officials by a very small minority of our spectators around the ground.
The club has established a great reputation in recent times, with many plaudits from our opponents and their officials, both at home games and away, about the friendliness and support of our fans, which none of us would like to be tarnished.
Our first-team are always lifted by the level of support they receive and the vast majority of our supporters are outstanding in their backing of the team.
We actively encourage the good humoured banter between the opposing fans, and want everyone to enjoy the matchday experience.
However, we do not tolerate abuse, whether that’s directed against opponents, officials or fans.
The club will not hesitate to eject anyone found guilty of such acts, and they face being banned from all future games.
Let’s all get behind the team, and help drive them onto further success and achievements.
If you have any information on Tuesday’s incident which you would like to submit in confidence, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and assistance with this, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Mariners Park for tomorrow’s league game against Atherton Collieries.