Saturday sport affected by weather

The gates at Harrogate Railway's Station View ground this week
The gates at Harrogate Railway's Station View ground this week

Snowfall and sub-zero temperatures are affecting sport fixtures across the region.

A full card of football fixtures was planned for Saturday, January 19, but early pitch inspections are taking place to ensure fans do not travel unnecessarily.

Harrogate Town’s home Blue Square North league match against Boston United was called off on Friday afternoon, because the troubled Wetherby Road pitch is frozen.

Town’s next match is on Tuesday night. They play Workington in a ‘home’ league match, to be played at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat stadium.

Town have been plagued with home postponements this season, after relaying the Wetherby Road pitch in the summer.

Wet weather did not allow the pitch to settle, and an inch of topsoil is holding water, making the pitch unplayable.

Work is underway to help the pitch drain properly, meantime Town are playing their next home matches at Doncaster.

Head of youth development at the club Garry Plant said: “We had an inspection on Friday afternoon and the match is off.

“We can now look forward to the match on Tuesday. We have heard there is not a lot of football being played this weekend.

“The one silver lining is the contractors are able to get their machines on to the Wetherby Road pitch and get some work done to help it drain.

“Hitherto, the pitch has been too wet to allow the machines on the surface.”

Harrogate Railway’s home Evo-Stik Division One North match against Skelmersdale United is also off.

Manager Billy Miller confirmed the match will not be played this weekend, and will now prepare his troops for the West Riding County Cup semi-final at Guiseley on Tuesday night.

Harrogate Rugby Club’s National Three North tie against Bradford and Bingley at Claro Road has also fallen foul of the freeze. The match will now be played on February 2.

Tadcaster Albion were not due to play a match this weekend, but are appealing to players, fans and volunteers to attend the 2Inspire Park to help with ground improvements.

Manager Paul Marshall said: “We are going to try and get a few of the boys down to the ground to tidy it up a bit.

“We had a very positive meeting last week, where we discussed the work we need to do to the ground to stay in the league.

“The work mainly involves outbuildings, the surrounding areas of the ground and the central areas.”

In NCEL Division One, Knaresborough Town’s match against Clipstone Welfare, due to be played at Manse Lane, was called off on Friday afternoon.

In the West Yorkshire Association Premier Division, Wetherby Athletic’s match at Leeds City has been postponed.

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