Flood-hit trio to play on

The Towergate Halifax League is making arrangements for three clubs to carry on playing while their grounds are unfit for action following Friday evening’s flooding.

Officials visited pitches yesterday and have decided that Copley, Sowerby Bridge and Bridgeholme will not be able to stage matches for at least another weekend either because they are still under water or covered by debris.

League fixture secretary Peter Taylor said the plan was for fixtures at the affected clubs to be switched to the opposing team’s ground and played on Sunday.

Copley’s first team game scheduled for Saturday will now take place the following day at SBCI and Copley’s second team game on July 7 is now at Jer Lane on July 8.

Sowerby Bridge firsts will now play at Jer Lane on Sunday but there are hopes that Walton Street may be fit for play the following weekend, when the fixtures include the Southowram’s visit in the Crossley Shield semi-final on the Sunday.

Arrangements are yet to be confirmed for Bridgeholme, who were due to host Stainland seconds on Saturday.

Officials have also decided that if the weather intervenes on Saturday and all games are off, results from games switched to Sunday will not count and sides will get two points each.

Taylor said: “On behalf of the league executive can I thank those clubs who are letting the under-water clubs play at their grounds.”