Frustration grows as weather wins for seventh match in a row

A photo sent in by groundsman Steve Baker after all his hard work during the week had again been in vain with the relentless rain soaking the pitch overnight meaning another week without a game.
A photo sent in by groundsman Steve Baker after all his hard work during the week had again been in vain with the relentless rain soaking the pitch overnight meaning another week without a game.
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Relentless rain puts paid to yet another fixture

Despite the determined efforts of volunteers continuing to work on the pitches ahead of February’s first fixtures, both Garstang and Longridge home matches on the weekend could not beat the weather.

With persistent rain falling throughout the day, as well as all the rain which had preceded in the days before, the Riverside and Mike Riding Ground stood little chance, with only two fixtures in the West Lancashire Premier Division taking place for the second time in a fortnight.

Iain Swan’s Garstang have now missed seven straight fixtures due to the weather and are still yet to play a league game this year. The last match played was the 3-2 win at Thornton on December 14, only two of the matches called off were home fixtures.

The club’s groundsman spent two hours working on the pitch last Wednesday hoping to keep the pitch drained ahead of the weekend’s match against Euxton Villa and games were delayed to a 3pm kick-off but relentless rain meant a wash-out for a majority of fixtures across the district.

A spokesman for the club said: “I think it fair to say that the players, the football management and everyone connected with Garstang Football Club are becoming more than a little frustrated with the fixture postponements.

“Although the Riversiders have up to seven games in hand on other teams in the league it is going to be a very heavy schedule of fixtures as the season draws to a close.”

Swan has worked hard to keep the side match-fit with friendlies at Morecambe Football Club’s 3G pitch behind the Globe Arena. However, the spokesman added it is difficult to maintain the momentum particularly with limited training facilities for the club.

This weekend, Saturday February 8, the Riversiders are due to face league strugglers Fulwood Amateurs at home, with again a later kick-off at 3pm.

Simon Carey’s Longridge side will also be looking to get back into action after four postponements and a defeat.

Town currently sit in tenth place in the Premier Division with 21 games played.

They are due to play at home on Saturday against sixth-placed Euxton Villa.