Rugby teams beat the weather

Rugby union - Old Crocs v Northern. Billy Hammond for Crocs.
Rugby union - Old Crocs v Northern. Billy Hammond for Crocs.

Rugby teams kept the ball rolling for sport in Calderdale yesterday.

Waterlogged or snow-bound pitches accounted for Halifax Town’s home game with Eastleigh, the entire Halifax AFL programme and even the Halifax FA Saturday Cup semi-final between Ovenden WR and Illingworth St Mary’s which failed to go ahead on the 3G pitch at Trinity Academy.

No Halifax Hockey Club fixtures took place at Park Lane High School, Exley, although Old Malton were unable to raise a team to play Halifax men’s firsts in the Yorkshire Premier.

However, Old Crossleyans claimed an important victory in their North One East relegation fight with a 17-11 home win over Northern at Broomfield.

Switching to the 13-a-side code, King Cross Park beat Batley Boys 36-10 and Boothtown Terriers got the better of Sharlston Rovers A 24-4 in home Pennine League games.

Some clubs travelling out of the area found better conditions.

Brighouse Town won 3-1 at Radcliffe Borough in Division One North of the Northern Premier League.

Rugby union sides Heath (21-6 at Middlesbrough) and Halifax Vandals (31-0 at Wetherby) were beaten while Halifax drew 3-3 at Knaresborough.

Back in the Pennine League, Stainland Stags won 26-22 at Dalton and Ovenden maintained their Division Five title challenge with a 32-6 success away to Moorends Thorne Marauders in South Yorkshire.

King Cross Park A lost 52-0 away to Victoria Rangers A in Bradford.

Halifax Sunday League football sides and junior teams faced a different problem today - ice - after sub-zero overnight temperatures.