The Richmond Kickers' much anticipated rematch against long time rivals Charleston Battery will have to wait until later in the season. Wednesday night's game only made it to the 20th minute before inclement weather put a stop to the action.
The midweek match had a lot riding on it for both teams, as Richmond currently sits 4th in the eastern conference standings with Charleston in 5th with a game in hand. Going into the match, Richmond had only given up two goals in seven matches. Charleston was coming off a devastating 3-1 loss at home to bottom of the table FC Montreal, snapping an unbeaten streak for the Battery.
Having to travel to Florida this weekend to face Orlando City B, Richmond rolled out a young squad including Scott Thomsen, Jalen Robinson and new addition Julian Buscher. Travis Worra returned in goal. Neither side showed much attacking prowess in the heat, with Charleston's Romario Williams having the best chance at goal in the 19th minute.
Lightning put an end to the evening's activities. USL rules dictate a 30 minute wait to restart after the last lightning strike, and unfortunately for the fans, Richmond saw thunderstorms until close to midnight. Officials hinted that the match will be replayed in its entirety later this season.
Ticket holders are being told to save their printouts or ticket stubs, as readmission will be honored when the game is rescheduled. In the meantime, Richmond travels to battle Orlando City B this Sunday. Matthew Delicate, Lucas Paulini and Jason Yeisley are all expected to return after lengthy bouts with injury. Back to full strength, Richmond looks to keep their unbeaten streak going.