Dismay as big local derby is victim of heavy rain

Chairman of Longridge Town Football Club, Brian Parkinson.
Chairman of Longridge Town Football Club, Brian Parkinson.

Frustration for teams hoping to make impact in new year

Last Saturday’s big derby between Longridge Town and Garstang FC was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Days of heavy rain and wind led to the eagerly awaited fixture being postponed after a pitch inspection.

Only two games in the West Lancashire League Premier Division went ahead after the wintry weather left many pitches unfit to play.

Longridge Town chairman Brian Parkinson said the postponement was frustrating, with the team looking to get back into action and make an early impact on the first game of the new year.

“The pitch is saturated and up to now we’ve not much to help it - both teams were hoping for a decent game and keen to play and it’s disappointing it couldn’t go ahead,” he said, “The forecast is looking a bit better ahead of this weekend, we’ve a bit of a rough fixture against Vickerstown, who will be travelling across from Barrow so we’ll just have to wait and see how the ground holds.

“And then we’ve another derby away at Fulwood Amateurs who will also be wanting to move away from the bottom - Simon has been working well with the lads and we’ve also got the Richardson Cup with a fixture set for February against Euxton.”

Longridge Town lie in 10th place with 26 points from 20 games in the table.

Meanwhile Garstang hold 23 points from 17 games and manager Iain Swan is also anxious to get back to action to help his side make an impact on the league this season.

Team selection remains a big problem for Swan with key players unavailable and keeper Brindle fighting for fitness.

In recent weeks the boss has highlighted how the exclusions have opened the door for the club’s Reserve or Youth team players to stake a claim for first team football.

Garstang also have a tough fixture ahead when they welcome high-flyers Blackpool Wren Rovers to the Riverside on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.