NCEL: Tadcaster Albion set to postpone Armthorpe Welfare fixture after pitch search

Albion's i2i Stadium was underwater over the Christmas period
Albion's i2i Stadium was underwater over the Christmas period

Title contenders Tadcaster Albion have been unable to secure a ground for Saturday's home clash against Armthorpe Welfare and have postponed the clash.

Flood water has waterlogged the pitch at Albion's i2i Stadium and the ground's clubhouse has been locked up due to sewage contamination.

Albion's owners had hoped to borrow a ground off a neighbouring semi-professional clubs but their approaches were rebuffed.

The Northern Counties East League offered Tad the opportunity to play the match at Armthorpe but the club refused.

Chairman Matt Gore said; “They offered us the chance to play it at Armthorpe but we have already played there this season and we want the home fixture.

“Any other club would it cancelled. That's what we have pretty much said.

“Our pitch is not playable due to the rain water and we would rather have the fixture postponed.”

Tuesday's match against Clipstone has also been rescheduled due to the opposition's county cup commitments.

Albion next home match is against fellow title hopefuls Worksop Town on January 30, who were the visitors the last time the Brewers played at Ings Lane.

On that occasion, Albion reached the third round of the FA Vase with a comprehensive 4-1 win on December 2.