THE hardy, loyal Tranmere fans who set off for Brentford on Saturday morning weren’t the only ones frustrated by the waterlogged Griffin Park playing surface.
Moon-walking centre-forward Bas Savage saw his long awaited comeback postponed.
Missing for almost a year with an Achilles tendon injury, Savage was set to be on the first team subs’ bench.
Now he must wait until the visit of Southampton this Saturday for a possible return.
“Bas was going to be on the bench on Saturday so he’ll be gutted, explained boss Les Parry.
“He hasn’t been involved since April so with the game being off he was a bit down because we’d have tried to get him on for a few minutes.
“But he’ll play 90 minutes hopefully at Preston North End on Wednesday and that will be his fourth full game, so he’ll then be saying he’s ready.”
While the Tranmere squad made a wasted 500-mile round trip to North London, manager Parry put the postponement of the match at Brentford to good use.
He travelled a further 70-miles to take in a match featuring Tranmere’s opponents this Saturday, fallen giants Southampton.
And despite the Saints’ 5-1 thrashing of Walsall, he considered the spying mission worthwhile.
“We went down to the ground at half eight and although we had a good idea that the game would be off, it wasn’t definitive so we had to hang around the hotel,” explained Parry. “As soon as the rain came we knew it wasn’t going to be on.
“Because we haven’t got a midweek game it shouldn’t matter too much.”
“The players missed the weekend game so they’ll work hard today and tomorrow – a really hard day today and a fairly hard day tomorrow – and then we’ll just prepare on Thursday and Friday as normal.”
Despite the inactivity, however, Rovers remained outside the relegation zone with a set of results elsewhere which Parry himself would have hand-picked. Parry added: “We couldn’t have picked better results.
“Brighton won (against Exeter City), but one of them had to get points.
“If either was going to win I’d have preferred Brighton to win.”
The break may also help a couple of players return to senior action in time for the looming high profile Prenton double header against Southampton and Leeds.
“We’ve got two who missed the weekend,” added Parry. “Terry Gornell has mumps so could be available, though that’s debatable. Gareth Edds would have missed Saturday but he will almost certainly be available.
“And Ian Goodison is always going to benefit from any rest he can get.”