Clubs face fixture backlog following postponements

Sands Lane football pitches in Dewsbury were flooded on Boxing Day after the River Calder burst its banks for the second time in less than a month.
Sands Lane football pitches in Dewsbury were flooded on Boxing Day after the River Calder burst its banks for the second time in less than a month.
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Several local football clubs are facing a fixture backlog after recent bad weather left pitches saturated, leading to a number of postponements.

Heavy Woollen Sunday League side St John Fisher have only played six Premier Division matches so far and are still involved in three cup competitions.

Fisher have not played a league game since November 8, while their only game in December was a 4-1 win away to Millbridge WMC in the Heavy Woollen District FA Brook Butler Cup.

Last week’s scheduled West Riding County Cup clash against White Eagles again fell victim to the weather and the sides will again attempt to play the tie this Sunday.

Fisher are scheduled to entertain Old Bank WMC in the Brook Butler quarter-finals on January 17 and are then due to face Heckmondwike Sports Club in the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup on January 24, while they also have 12 league matches remaining.

Birkenshaw Reserves have only played seven league games in Division One and are also still involved in two cup competitions.

Their West Riding County Sunday Trophy tie at Amaranth was postponed and the sides will try again this week.

The entire Heavy Woollen Sunday League programme was washed out last weekend, after Kirklees closed all Council managed pitches.

Sands Lane, in Dewsbury, and the Battyeford pitches, at West Mills in Mirfield, were among the worst affected following the flooding which hit on Boxing Day.

Heavy Woollen side Woodkirk Valley conceded home advantage and travelled to West Bowling to ensure their County Sunday Cup tie went ahead.

Bowling led 2-0 but Woodkirk fought back with two late goals and after the sides were locked 2-2 after extra time, the tie went to penalties, with the Bradford side holding their nerve to win 4-2.

Town Rangers travelled to Eccleshill in the West Riding Coutny Sunday Trophy.

The sides fought out a 1-1 draw before Town Rangers won 3-1 on penalties.

There were no Spen Valley League games played last Saturday and they will hope to resume this weekend.

Savile Youth lead the Premier Division by three points from Athletico, who have three games in hand.

Dewsbury West Side are top of Division One but have not played since their 8-0 victory over Norfolk on December 5.