Sides defy the weather

Numerous teams in the Towergate Halifax League defied torrential rain on Friday evening to play matches on Saturday.

While the low-lying Bridgeholme, Copley, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Greetland clubs had no chance of staging home games due to flooding, league fixture secretary Peter Taylor said that mopping up operations at other clubs had been very successful.

“Fourteen or fifteen first or second teams managed to play,” he said.

“There were cries from some clubs on Friday night for us to call off the entire programme but this proves that we did the right thing to go ahead,” he said.

“My heart goes out to the clubs whose grounds were flooded but others obviously prepared properly and managed to get pitches covered.”

Taylor said clubs such as Thornton and Denholme Clough had managed to stage games in spite of being among the most exposed in the league.

League officials plan to visit grounds which are currently under water in mid-week to see what prospects of playing next weekend are like.