Liversedge’s problematic pitch continues to frustrate

Liversedge have not played at home since October 31 due to problems with the drainage at their Clayborn ground. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Liversedge have not played at home since October 31 due to problems with the drainage at their Clayborn ground. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Liversedge’s frustrations are continuing to mount as problems with their Clayborn pitch have led to major financial implications for the club.

Liversedge have not played a home game since October 31 - 117 days ago at the time of going to press - meaning the club have had no income for almost four months.

Last Saturday’s scheduled Northern Counties East League clash against Armthorpe Welfare looked to have been given the green light only for the referee to deem the pitch too dangerous just before kick off.

Liversedge released a statement apologising to players and officials who had arrived at the ground, stating: “We are sorry to all spectators who set off or arrived to see (Saturday’s) fixture, spending their time and money travelling.

“We apologise to Armthorpe and their staff who travelled and wanted to play a game of football.

“We are furious, disappointed and upset but player and officials safety is paramount.”

Sedge were hopeful that Tuesday’s home game against Clipstone would finally go ahead but it proved an unhappy birthday for hardworking groundsman Andrew Taylor when the pitch failed an early afternoon inspection and another game was forced to be postponed.

Liversedge are currently bottom of the Premier Division, seven points behind second-bottom Brigg Town but with seven games in hand.

They are also point behind Nostell MW but have played nine games fewer than the third bottom side.

The Armthorpe fixture has been arranged for Tuesday April 26 and could have a huge impact on the fight against relegation from the top flight.

Liversedge face 18 league games between now and the scheduled last game of the season on April 30.

Jonathan Rimmington’s men travel to second-bottom Brigg Town for a crucial relegation clash on Saturday and Sedge will then play 11 of their final 17 matches at home including nine matches in just 28 days during March.