BELEAGUERED Bewdley Town were forced to abandon their second successive home game at half time owing to floodlight failure.

Club officials spent four hours trying to get a fuel pump to work properly but finally had to admit defeat at half time during Bewdley's clash with Cradley Town.

Bewdley had previously been forced to abandon their home game with Smethwick Rangers at the same stage in the game after it was discovered that vandals damaged the floodlight generator by ripping out some of the cables.

Dismayed Bewdley secretary Steve Godfrey said: "We'd checked the lights on three previous occasions prior to the game with Cradley just to make sure they were working.

"But when we tried to get the generator going on Saturday lunchtime, it started, but then cut out.

"We couldn't get the pump to work and we believe someone has put something in the fuel tank and it might be, that we have to have it drained

"We informed the match referee when he arrived on Saturday, who suggested we continue working on it. We tried everything but by 4pm we had to admit defeat.

"I can only apologize to all the spectators. We've been in touch with the West Midlands League and it might be, we have to play our forthcoming home fixtures with an earlier kick-off".

Bewdley were drawing 1-1 at the time with Cradley - Dan Bell having put Cradley into a sixth minute lead after latching onto a long ball from Adam Jones to beat goalkeeper Joe Sidaway at the near post.

Bell then blotted his copybook by getting himself sent off on 32 minutes after clashing with Bewdley's Dan Flowers.

Bewdley levelled on 41 minutes when Dylan Hart slotted a low shot past Cradley 'keeper Adam Marusiak.

Godfrey added: "We did have one or two disgruntled people who asked us why we didn't check the lights earlier, but we did and they worked properly. We just didn't keep them running for any length of time.

"We will have to re-arrange the games with Smethwick and Cradley when we will be offering people reduced admission prices".

Bewdley travel to second placed Wolves Casuals this Saturday.