Bradford Park Avenue thwarted by incessant rain

5:42pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

By Ian Whiting

Bradford Park Avenue’s home game against Vauxhall Motors in the Conference North was the biggest casualty of the local semi-professional fixtures that fell foul of the weather.

Following the incessant rain throughout Friday and the forecast for the following day, Avenue arranged a pitch inspection for Saturday morning. The surface at Horsfall Stadium proved unplayable and the match was called off at 10am.

The postponement did not prove too costly as Avenue held on to 11th place in the table – and with Guiseley being beaten at AFC Telford United, the neighbours remain on the same points.

This was one of five matches in the division to be called off, although it was only the second home fixture Avenue have lost to the weather so far this season.

The only other postponement at Horsfall Stadium this term was the New Years Day’s game against Stockport County.

Silsden were also due to be at home in the North West Counties League Premier Division but their clash with Abbey Hey was called off after a lunchtime inspection.

Cobbydalers spokesman Kevin Knappi said: “You don’t know what to do for the best. Last week we delayed the decision and Winsford United ended up travelling all the way up for nothing.

“There was little or no chance of the game going ahead after the rain we had during the week, so it didn’t seem necessary to wait for the match referee to make the decision. We always struggle because of our ground being so low and by the river.”

Liversedge were the third Bradford area club to be thwarted by the weather. They should have travelled to Retford United for a Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash.

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