Number 9 derby abandoned for 'safety of all'

Last nights Brookes-Clark Shield 2nd leg friendly, which saw Halesowen Town and Stourbridge FC face each other at the War Memorial Ground.

Reports of smoke bombs being let off and flares thrown in the stands, which resulted in at least one fan being struck in the face. A joint statement from the clubs reads:

"Both Clubs wish to confirm in the strongest possible terms, our joint dismay and utter frustration at the abandonment of [the game].

"The safety of players, management, match and club officials, our volunteers, stewards and staff is of paramount importance to us as clubs, but the behaviour of a small minority of the juvenile section of the crowd meant this was no longer possible, despite repeated requests for calm. 

"We would like to apologise to the genuine supporters of both clubs for the decision taken, but despite the best efforts of both Clubs over recent years, there appears to be a section of people who insist on causing disruption at these fixtures, who do not attend any other fixture played by either club. 

"Both Clubs will now talk about how the format of the Brookes-Clark Shield can potentially work in future."

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