Garstang RUFC are grounded by the wintry weather

Garstang saw their game at Ramsey called off last weekend
Garstang saw their game at Ramsey called off last weekend
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All of Garstang RUFC’s games were called off last weekend due to the extreme weather conditions.

The first XV had been due to travel to the Isle of Man to play Ramsey in the league and, despite obvious concerns about the weather conditions, the hosts were fairly confident that the game would go ahead.

The main worry was actual the flying conditions with gale force winds causing major delays at Liverpool airport.

Unfortunately, at the 11th hour, Ramsey had to call the game off because of a frozen pitch in what was only their second postponement since 1996.

The game will now be played on Saturday, April 28.

First XV manager Simon Whittingham said “It was disappointing that the game was called off but also understandable given the extreme weather.

“We had put a lot of time and effort into arranging the fixture with flights, coaches and hotel all booked for the weekend.

“The flights are booked and funded by the RFU but the remainder of the costs have to come from individual players and the club which was a fairly significant outlay.

“We are currently working with the providers to rearrange for next month.

“Given that the game is now the last of the season we hope that we will be travelling out there with a league title on the line.”

This weekend sees Lancs/Cheshire Three league fixtures resume but the first XV have no game as they are the odd team out in the nine-side division.

The next game for them is on Saturday, March 17 when they take on Oxton Parkonians at Hudson Park (3pm).

The second XV’s game against Blackpool’s first XV was also postponed.

This Saturday they are back in action when they take on Colne and Nelson’s second XV at home (3pm).