HUDDERSFIELD Rugby Union Club frustrations continued to mount as they suffered their fifth League postponement on Saturday, and sixth in total when including the annual friendly with the YMCA over Christmas.
An RFU referee ruled the Lockwood Park pitch unfit and unsafe because of several frozen areas of the field and left Director of rugby Mark Sowerby and his men kicking their heels once more.
They have now played just one game of any description (last week’s League defeat at Fylde) since December 12, and are building up such a backlog of games that the season has already been extended until the middle of May – and that is assuming there are no further cancellations along the way.
And as well as the unwelcome lengthy lay-off for the players, the club are also feeling the effects of the winter freeze, with no income generated by first team home games, since they entertained Hull way back on December 5.
“Games in hand are okay, but they are not as good as having points on the board,” said Sowerby, who is desperately trying to keep his squad’s spirits up.
“They trained well this week are we were all set and raring to go on Saturday. I was able to put out about as strong a side as we could, and the boys were all looking forward to the clash, particularly given it was against Hull Ionians, who we felt we owed one after they humbled us at their place earlier in the season.
“We really wanted to go for that win, which in turn would have given us some confidence going into the re-arranged home game against Broadstreet next Saturday, which is another massive must-win game for us.
“I must admit it was touch and go as to whether the Hull match went ahead, but unfortunately, in the shadow of the stand and down in the bottom corner it rarely gets any sun, and was still rock hard when the referee examined the field.
“I then had to ring round all the lads, and they all said virtually the same thing: “Oh god, we’re not getting a game again!”
“We really did Saturday’s match as a chance to claw something back, and it’s just so frustrating, but I’m afraid the weather is something no-one can control.”
Next Saturday (hopefully) is the first of the re-arranged matches against Broadstreet – who like Ionians are just above Huddersfield in the league – but they also have matches against Caldy (home), Bradford & Bingley (away), Leicester Lions (home), and now Hull Ionians (home) to fit in.
And on top of that they have to fit in the Yorkshire Cup second round tie away to Sandal, which should have been next Saturday, but naturally the League game takes priority.
YMCA notched an impressive 38-14 win at Ripon in Yorkshire II.
Full report in tomorrow’s Examiner Sport.