Bradshaw’s inglorious exit

Only one Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League team was in action yesterday and Bradshaw will be keen to draw a veil over their display.

The middle section side crashed 10-0 away to Leeds side Belle Isle in the West Riding Sunday Cup.

Freezing temperatures accounted for all other games involving Halifax Sunday League sides, bringing to an end a reasonable run with the weekend weather.

League fixture secretary Mike Sharman said: “No league games made it yesterday. A couple of pitches on Savile Park were 78 per cent okay but the rest of the surface was frozen solid.”

Sharman said four county cup or trophy games involving local sides had been rescheduled for next weekend, causing some amendments to fixture lists.

However, the league had suffered fewer postponement at this stage than in previous seasons.

“We’re pretty much okay,” he said.

“Yesterday was the first week we have lost fixtures en masse and I’m cautiously optimistic.

“The forecast for next weekend doesn’t look brilliant at this stage but we are reasonably well on with fixtures at the minute.”

Sharman said Sunday League players were scheduled to have one weekend off over Christmas and New Year.

The majority of teams will play on December 23 but there will be no games on December 30.

Next Sunday’s programme will include a referees versus managers charity match at Elland Cricket Club (2.0).

The game is to raise money for brain tumour research in memory of Kevin Leedham, son of Sunday League committee member Bob.