Siddal to play at the Shay

Plans to play two Rugby League matches on the same day at the Shay have been given the go-ahead.

But the move will mean that FC Halifax Town’s home tie with Guiseley in the West Riding’s County Cup will now be played away.

Amateur club Siddal had asked if they could play their Carnegie Challenge Cup third round clash with Windess Vikings on March 6 at the Shay because their home ground, Chevinedge, is not big enough to accomodate a club the size of Widness.

The initial request was refused by stadium management because Fax are due to host Castletford Lock Lane at 3pm that day, and fears were mounting over the long term condition of the pitch.

However, the plan is going ahead, with Siddal playing at 11.30am and Fax kicking off at 3pm.

The decision means FC Halifax will lose home advantage against Guiesley in their West Riding County Cup tie two days later.

Robin Tuddenham, Director of Safer and Stronger Communities at Calderdale Council said: “I’d really like to thank everyone for their efforts to ensure that these matches can go ahead and I’m sure that we will be able to provide a terrific day of sport down at The Shay.”

Shay groundstaff will travel to Guiseley to ensure their pitch is prepared.