Football: Peninsula League clubs can postpone Saturday games from now
The Carlsberg South West Peninsula League have taken the ‘unprecedented’ step of allowing clubs to postpone games 48 hours before their scheduled kick-off times this weekend.
League secretary Phil Hiscox issued a statement to member clubs on Thursday morning in view of the severe weather and the appalling forecast for the next two days in Cornwall and Devon.
Mr Hiscox said: “Please be aware that once again, for the ninth weekend running, we are obviously expecting substantial postponements to the schedule of fixtures throughout all compettions and in all parts of the area.
“The recent weather has caused storm damage at a number of grounds, and the wet weather coupled with the current Met Office series of Amber and Yellow warnings that are in force from mid-day today (Thursday) right through to 23.00 on Saturday night, mean we are aware its likely to get worse before it gets any better.
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“The actual forecast suggests prolonged wet weather today and tonight, a brief drier interlude on Friday before wet and windy weather returns on Friday evening and overnight into Saturday before becoming more showery on Saturday itself.
“Due to these circumstances, the chairman (Mark Hayman) and I have spoken this morning and agreed to the unprecedented step of allowing postponements from now onwards.
“In other words, two days before games if it’s deemed appropriate by the host clubs. It is normally only in severe weather that we allow one day before, so this shows how serious we view the current situation.”
His statement went on: “Will all clubs please note the following house-keeping notices:
“ 1) Host clubs should phone me, the opponents and the match officials as soon as a decision is made. I will accept calls upto 8pm this evening (Thursday), 9am to 8pm on Friday (may need to be on my mobile if Friday lunchtime as I have an outside appointment) and again from 8am on Saturday morning.
“ 2) Clubs playing in the Cornwall Charity Cup will also need to speak to Cornwall County FA. Should any Charity Cup games be postponed they will NOT automatically go to next weekend as that is a Senior Cup date, I will make arrangements for Charity Cup games to be re-scheduled instead for Saturday 1st March.
“ 3) Should St Dennis v Launceston in the Cornwall Senior Cup be postponed it will go to Launceston next Tuesday night, 11th February.”