BOWERS & Pitsea chief Rob Small has backed the decision for tomorrow's Isthmian Premier League clash with Haringey Borough to be postponed.

Haringey made national headlines at the weekend after their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie with Yeovil Town was abandoned as boss Tom Loizou took his team off the pitch.

Borough goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat was reportedly spat at and hit by an object thrown from the Yeovil end, while there were also allegations of racial abuse.

The Isthmian Premier League has called Haringey’s scheduled trip to Bowers off and Small feels it was the right course of action.

Small said: “I hadn’t been informed until late this afternoon that the match was going to be called off.

“But what happened at the weekend is terrible and it’s a delicate issue, so I was always keen to back a decision to call the game off.

“It must be a difficult period for Haringey and their players.

“The issue that we are talking about, which happened at the weekend, is bigger than football.”

Bowers were preparing for the encounter having narrowly missed out on a place in the first round of the FA Cup.

Small’s side suffered a 2-1 fourth qualifying round defeat to Chichester City at the weekend.

And Small is keen to see how his side will react to the blow in the coming weeks.

Small added: “There is going to be a real mental challenge for the players now and it will be interesting to see how the players cope.

“Results have been unfavourable in the league but we have always had the consolation of being in the FA Cup still.

“It would have been a lot easier for us to go into the next run of games with a first round tie to come.

“Our FA Cup run has resulted in a lot of our games being rearranged and we now have a plethora of games with nothing to show for it because of us going out of the FA Cup at the weekend.

“I’m interested to see how the players cope and we will learn a lot about each other in the next six weeks.”

Bowers are competing in the Isthmian Premier League for the first time in the club’s history after sealing the Isthmian North title last term and, while his side are in the relegation zone, Small has faith in his players.

Small admitted: “We are more than capable of competing at this level and I am blessed with a good group of boys making up my squad.

“It was a wounding result at the weekend, but I maintain belief that these players will string a run of results together sooner rather than later.”