Blackburn Sunday League could be hit by a fixture backlog

First published in Sport

THE Blackburn Sunday League could be facing a fixture pile-up after another weekend of football was lost to the weather.

League officials waiting until the last moment possible to see if they could get a number of matches played but once again the weather was the winning.

Since the turn of the year only 20 fixtures have been played and now officials are hoping for some better weather so they can fulfil all of their remaining matches.

“Coming into 2014 we were in a extremely good position with many clubs having played at least half their fixtures,” said fixtures secretary Bill Maynard.

“However since the New Year, the league have only played a total of 20 games which now leaves us with very little spare capacity and should this weather hit anymore fixtures could leave us with a big fixture backlog.

“We never know what is around the corner with the good old British weather but the very wet but mild winter has left ground saturated and we are badly in need of a dry spell so that grounds can start to dry out.”

The wet weather also played havoc with the LFA Sunday Trophy semi final clash between Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s and Aspull Juniors due to be played at The Arbories, Padiham FC last Tuesday.

The match was postponed and has been rescheduled for this Wednesday.

On Sunday, several members of the management committee and a referee met at Pleasington on Saturday evening and, at that stage, it was obvious that four pitches would not be playable.

However to give every chance for the other games, the committee looked again on Sunday morning at 7.45am but it was soon obvious that the weather had again won the day and matches were called off at 8am with all teams informed as soon as possible.

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