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Today’s Betfred Championship fixture between Rochdale Hornets & York City Knights has been called off due to bad weather conditions
We are arrived at the ground at around 1pm and once the press area opened just before 1.30pm we could see that there was some doubt in the game as there was a cover on the pitch which on top was the rain that had fell through the morning and early afternoon.
We came on air at 2pm and the groundstaff were at work to try and get the game on but just after 3pm the game was confirmed as off due to safety concerns.
In a club statement the Hornets said: “TODAY’S scheduled fixture against York City Knights has been cancelled due to safety concerns.
Due to adverse weather and high winds, the ground staff have been unable to remove pitch covers and erect rugby posts in a safe manner.
Rochdale Hornets have worked closely with ground staff and an external contractor exploring all possibilities to allow the game to take place which included delaying kick off in the hope we would have a window where the sheets could be removed and posts could be erected safely.
Rochdale Hornets CEO, Steve Kerr said: “Whilst we are extremely disappointed and frustrated by this situation the safety of all staff in the stadium is paramount.
“We will work hard over the coming days with Rochdale AFC, the stadium company and the Rugby Football League to come to a solution on this and rearrange the fixture.
“Finally I would like to apologise to both sets of players, staff and all supporters who have travelled far and wide to support their teams.
“I would especially like to extend my apologies to the large number of York City Knights supporters who have travelled today.”
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After the postponement of the Hornets opening game, Andrew Riley looks ahead to the visit of the Wolfpack
Anyone watching Sky Sports last Sunday will have seen a determined York City Knights team hold Toronto to a creditable 14 points.
Rochdale Hornets will have to be at their best if they are to hope of getting a result in what is their first game of the season in front of the Sky cameras at the Crown oil arena.
Toronto are a team full of Super League talent, and their head coach, Brian MacDermott is well aware that his team will be the scalp every club wants this year.
With players like Jon Wilkin, Gareth O’Brien and Ashton Sims in their squad, the Hornets will have to be at their very best if they want to take any points from this game.
Carl Forster has had a disrupted build-up to what should have been the second game of the season but for last weeks snow.
With this game taking place in front of the Sky cameras, he will be wanting to make certain his own squad give a good account of themselves.
Its been a disrupted start to the season after last weeks postponement of the visit of Dewsbury, but head coach Carl Forster is in a positive mood ahead of kick-off;
“We’ve put the fact its in front of the cameras out of our heads.” he said
We know what we have to do as a squad if we want those two championship points on Sunday”
You can hear the full interview with Carl ahead of kick off live on Sunday from 2pm when Andrew Riley and Mark Wynn will bring you exclusive coverage of the game.
It was a very frustrating afternoon for Bury as they drew 1-1 with Crawley Town.
The biggest talking point from the first half was when Assistant referee Helen Byrne had to be replaced after colliding with a Crawley player.
Bury Manager Ryan Lowe had made 2 changes from last week’s 3-3 draw withLincoln.
Danny Mayor with illness and Chris Stokes was left on the bench with Skipper Neil Danns returning to the starting line along with debutant Scott Wharton.
There was not much for either team in the opening exchanges, with the first 15 minutes passing without a shot on target.
As the half moved on, Bury’s Nicky Adams had a shot saved by keeper Grant Morris on the 20-minute mark.
Adams was involved again 3 minutes later when his cross reached the back post but Nicky Maynard couldn’t get to the ball and it went out for a goal-kick
Half time Bury 0 Crawley 0
Bury made the better start to the second half.
Maynard put a shot just wide of the post.
After 65 minutes Bury spurned another good chance with Callum McFadzean hitting over the bar into the Cemetery end.
Bury finally took the lead with seven minutes to go.
Maynard scored his 13th League goal of the season after a good corner swung in by Adams, and headed back across goal by Wharton for Maynard to pull off an acrobatic kick to squeeze it past the Crawley keeper.
It wasn’t to last long though.
Crawley equalised four minutes later.
A defensive mistake allowed Ollie Palmer to put the ball across the box and shoot from a tight angle for his 11th league goal of the season.
Despite extending their unbeaten run to 9 games, it was a disapointing game for Shakers fans.
FULL TIME Bury 1 Crawley 1
After the game, Ryan Lowe said it was “hard to take. The performance wasn’t what I expected, it was a bit flat all round.”
“I thought we were flat all over today, whether it was the weather or the pitch – no excuses though, we just weren’t at the races.”
Bury defender Adam Thompson also spoke to the press “We can’t let it be a negative, it’s another point and we keep going unbeaten.”
“we’re not going to play well every week, we’re not going to win every week, and today is a point in the right direction.”