Borough boss hoping for some dry weather before CMB’s visit

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Todmorden Borough boss Craig Milnes has been watching the rain fall this week with dismay prior to CMB’s visit on Saturday.

Bellholme was under water last weekend, forcing an early postponement of a visit from Walney Island in the West Lancashire League.

Milnes is keen to avoid another game being called off and said he would be prepared to play elsewhere if Tod’s ground was clearly not going to be fit.

The manager and his assistant Andy Pilling were at Bellholme before 10am on Saturday and Milnes said they knew without setting foot on the pitch that it was not fit.

“There was standing water and not a cat in hell’s chance of us playing,” he said.

The league initially suggested East Monday for a re-arranged Walney Island game, but the Cumbrians are in a local cup semi-final.

They will now come to Todmorden on Saturday, April 18 and Borough’s game against Croston on that date has been put back to Saturday, May 2.

One Tod player who won’t be involved is Jim Crowther.

The central midfielder or centre forward is out for the season with a broken ankle sustained playing five-a-side.

Only two out of the scheduled six games in Division Two went ahead last Saturday with Haslingden St Mary’s beating Furness Cavaliers 4-0 and Leyland United and Croston Sports fighting out a 1-1 draw.

CMB lost 3-1 at Ladybridge, while Borough were losing 3-0 at Millom, 12 days ago.

Bolton side CMB beat Borough 1-0 in the first meeting of the season on Thursday, August 21.