By Neil Winsor
Photograph supplied by Lee Myers
PHOTO: Haworth Park this afternoon following further downpours of rain over the last 24 hours
TOMORROW night’s scheduled NCEL Premier Division clash with Handsworth Parramore is a huge doubt following the last 24 hours of persistent rain caused by ‘The Pest From The West’
With further rain expected overnight, the Haworth Park pitch is almost completely submerged under water.
Rangers have also revealed they have looked into the possibility of even switching tomorrow night’s fixture to Parramore’s – Sandy Lane ground to try and ease, what is already becoming a congested end of season run-in.
Clearly frustrated with the current situation, Hall Road chairman Darren Sunley, added the following in a statement to the club’s website tonight:
“The weather is out of our control, it disappoints me that other clubs seem to think that more can be done, look at the picture (shown right).
There’s nothing that can be done with those lakes!
It also disappoints me, that we are not allowed to play games in other places on a temporary basis, due to rules and regulations that in reality mean nothing.
There’s other places to play if we were allowed to do so, however restrictions in terms of ground grading make this impossible.
Sometimes grassroots football lacks some common sense.” said Sunley
The recent freak weather conditions do little to appease frustrations, not just with Hall Road, but amongst other clubs in the NCEL and indeed non-league clubs throughout the country who now face a backlog of fixtures which have previously fallen victim to the weather.
All NCEL Premier Division games were pulled from the programme at the weekend for the second weekend running due to prolonged overnight rain on Friday, whilst only two games in the First Division took place.