First Team Review - 22nd April


The Management Board have tonight called off this Saturday's opening round of league fixtures following the excessive wet weather.

All of the fixtures in the Premier Division and Second Teams Premier Division will be played on Saturday, September 10 with a noon start. The one exception will be the Second Team game between Yeadon and East Bierley which will be played on Sunday, September 11 at noon.

The Championship A, Championship B. Conference and the respective Second Team Divisions will now be played on Saturday, September 17.

In making their decision the Management Board took into consideration the large number of responses from clubs reporting that their outfields were unfit and they were unable to get machinery onto the ground.

Chairman David Young said: "The opinions of the clubs were overwhelming. The wet weather has been unprecedented and we appreciate that all clubs have been working hard in an incredibly difficult situation.

"In re-arranging the games we have observed the wishes of clubs who have indicated that they do not wish to play league matches on a Sunday and therefore have set dates in September when the weather is usually more favourable."

In light of Saturday's postponements the Second Teams Championship A game between Idle and Keighley, which had been rearranged for June 5 will be played on September 17 too.