Season gets extended by a week due to poor weather

Snow drifts at Victory Park, Chorley on Saturday. Photo by Kevin McGuinness/Chorley Guardian
Snow drifts at Victory Park, Chorley on Saturday. Photo by Kevin McGuinness/Chorley Guardian

The Evo-Stik Premier Division season has been extended by a week following the freezing weather that enveloped much of the country.

The third cold snap of the year saw more matches called off, causing a backlog of fixtures and very little time left to play them.

The extension means Eastwood Town will now travel to Chorley on Saturday, May 4, having seen their scheduled visit to Victory Park postponed on Saturday due to heavy and drifting snow covering the Lancashire side’s pitch.

Badgers boss Chris Shaw was in agreement with the league’s decision.

He said: “It’s been frustrating because all we want to do is play and keep our prepartions up for next season.

“It’s been so stop-start since Christmas that it has been hard to get any momentum going, but hopefully once this spell of weather is over we’ll be able to have a good run of games to the end of the season.

“We’re still facing relegation, of course, but I’ve been impressed with some of our recent displays and want to see us build on them, as well as pick up the points the players have deserved over the last few weeks.”

A statement on the Evo-Stik NPL website read: “This decision has not been taken lightly and must not been seen as a precedent for future seasons when perhaps a global disruption such as this season will not be an issue.”

The Badgers will be keeping their fingers crossed that a trip to league leaders North Ferriby United goes ahead this weekend before Grantham Town visit Coronation Park on Easter Monday.

Shaw added: “The forecast up there isn’t great before Saturday but hopefully things will thaw out enough.

“We’re aiming to get the Coronation Park pitch cleared by the weekend so that it has time to recover before Easter Monday, given no more snow is currently predicted.

“They’ll both be tough games for different reasons. Ferriby are flying and have beaten us twice already, while Grantham are battling at the bottom and have several players we’re familiar with, but we’re determined to put in some good displays.”