The weather is playing havoc with Bradford City women’s fixture-list.
Four successive postponements have left City still waiting to complete their WFA Cup second-round tie with Blackpool Wren Rovers.
After being twice called off at Thackley and twice at Blackpool, the tie is once again scheduled for Thackley tomorrow but, earlier in the week, a Thackley official said: “It would be a miracle if any game is played at Dennyfield this weekend.”
The FA do have contingency plans for this kind of situation, as their competitions department explained.
“Clubs have been advised that fixtures can be played on a FIFA-registered 3G pitch,” said a spokesman.
“As far as the Bradford City game is concerned I understand that there was a possibility of them using the 3G pitch at Woodhouse Grove School.”
That appears to be fully booked this week and at the time of writing there is no firm arrangement in place but there is at least a possibility of some action eventually.
In the event of City playing and winning, their next game will be a home tie with Cardiff City in round three next week.
There was no game again for the reserves in the FA Premier League Reserve Division but they are due to play Nottingham Forest Reserves in the semi-final of the League Cup at Rawdon Meadows, Apperley Bridge tomorrow.
The one team that did play last week was the A team, who defied the odds yet again to maintain their 100 per cent competetive record in the course of beating Division Two promotion-chasers Oulton 6-1 in the West Riding League Cup.
Annie Nicol, Jess McPherson and Laura Gadd gave City a 3-0 lead at the interval but it took some good goalkeepeing from Olivia Cheetham and a goal-line clearance from Kerry Playle to keep Oulton at bay.
It was much the same after the break when Amee Ruszkai hit an early fourth, before Oulton pulled one back, and a combination of good defence and sharper finishing – Kath Connell and Ellie Rockett scoring – saw City safely through. The City A team have a rearranged home game against bottom club Deighton tomorrow.
Clubs attempting to complete cup fixtures this week are: Farsley v Brighouse Sporting, Harrogate Railway v Silsden, Brighouse Sports reserves v Dewsbury Rangers, while in the Premier Division Bradford Park Avenue are at home to Brayton Belles.