THEY label it "The Somme".
And just one look at the soggy, muddy Linthwaite playing fields after heavy rain sums up the problems for Linthwaite Juniors.
On the face of it, the club is thriving. They have grown rapidly over the past few years and are now fielding 17 sides.
But instead of being able to find time to develop still further, they are having to spend valuable time throwing sand on muddy pitches and even digging ditches to try and drain away the water.
"The only thing that is stopping our progress is the state of our fields," said hard-working club secretary Chris Hanley.
"The field at Linthwaite is nicknamed the Somme it is so bad.
"We also use fields at Colne Valley High School and they are very prone to flooding at the best of times.
"Water pours off the hillside behind the fields and we have been digging a ditch to try and divert it away from the pitches.
"It is a great shame because we have around 250 kids who want to play football and people who want to help them enjoy it.
"It is a massive headache for us and it has been for the past 50 years.
"I would love for us to be able to find a long-term solution."
Linthwaite are determined to progress, however, and next on the agenda are plans to field a girls' team and to push towards the next FA Charter Standard award.
Hanley said: "The club is growing and growing especially in the Mini Soccer sections, and that is the future of our club."
Hanley is also delighted with the way his Under 15s have started the season.
They travelled to meet tough opponents at Barugh and won 2-0 to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Prolific striker Tom Oakes got two of the goals and Sam Bates grabbed the third with his first strike of the campaign.
Hanley said: "I have had the lads together since they were eight and we have done very well.
"This season we are flying and it is very pleasing. They are a quality set of players and with one or two additions this season we have a really good squad."
Linthwaite's Under 11 side were in action against Ossett Town and went down 4-3. The defeat left them in sixth place in Division III.
Ossett's goals came from Craney (2), Preston and Potter, while the Linthwaite goals came from Jennings, Stead and Pearson. There was a good 4-0 win for the Under 14 side, who beat Lepton United with strikes from Pike (2), Kaye and Crosby.