Huddersfield’s fixture backlog not ideal

AFTER 19 successive matches with no cancellations, and the only break being a two-week rest over Christmas, Huddersfield have now had two games on the bounce ruled out.

AFTER 19 successive matches with no cancellations, and the only break being a two-week rest over Christmas, Huddersfield have now had two games on the bounce ruled out.

And that is going to impact on the second half of the season, when they are desperately looking to both get out of the relegation zone and progress to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Cup.

Dan Hyde’s side were due to entertain Hull Ionians in the County Cup on Saturday, February 23, but that may now get pushed back, with two League fixtures to fit in against Darlington Mowden Park, along with today’s re-arranged home game against Sheffield.

A blank date on February 9 will now probably be filled by a visit to the North-East to tackle Darlington, with the home game against Sheffield Tigers likely to be pencilled in for the 23rd, thereby pushing the Cup clash maybe to March 16.

Because League fixtures always take priority over County Cup competitions, the latter invariably get shoved back towards the end of the season.

Indeed, when Huddersfield won T’Owd Tin Pot two years ago, they finished up playing the final in May, when they beat Hull 25-18.

In this year’s competition, holders Wharfedale have still to play Otley in the second round, the winners having a home tie against Malton & Norton.

Meanwhile, the other two quarter-final ties are Cleckheaton v Morley and Hull v Beverley.

YMCA are in the same boat with their Yorkshire Shield quarter-final game against North Ribblesdale now getting pushed further and further back down the calendar.

“It’s certainly not ideal with games backing up, but I suppose the only things is that it’s the same for everyone,” said coach Jody Shaw.

“We should have been up at Settle next Saturday for the Cup clash, but as League fixtures take priority, we’ll now be heading for York for the Yorkshire I League match (assuming the ground is fit), which was postponed from last week.

“And then the next free Saturday, which looks like being February 23, we’ll be hosting what should have been today’s opponents, Barnsley at Laund Hill.

“Of course that means the Cup match with Ribblesdale gets pushed even further back.

“But I suppose given the choice, we’d probably prefer to visit Settle when the ground is harder, and not a mud heap.”

 
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