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Southern Counties East League Premier Division side City play in all burgundy, but an administrative slip from the Surrey side meant Leafe arrived at Winch’s Field, City’s temporary home at Herne Bay FC, with their maroon away kit.
The visitors – who normally play in green shirts and white shorts – made referee Darren Keating and City officials aware of the clash before the 3pm kick-off.
City contacted landlords Herne Bay, who were playing away at Crawley Down Gatwick, to ask permission for Leafe to borrow a Bay kit, but despite receiving the go-ahead, they could not gain access to the locked kit room.
Mr Keating put kick-off back to 3.30pm – which allowed just enough time for the game to take place before 6pm - but despite the kit being delivered to the ground before the cut-off, the players did not have time to warm-up, leading the referee to postpone the game due to the potential for injury to under-prepared players.
City chairman Tim Clark said the club were ‘disappointed’ the game could not go ahead but added: “We respect the decision. It was an unfortunate situation but these things happen, we’re all human.”
"As was stated at the time this was human error. All parties tried to resolve it but were unable given the time restraints."
The game only went ahead after a 10am pitch inspection following heavy rain in Herne Bay.
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