Borough forced to write off December

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Todmorden Borough are facing a gap of at least five weeks between fixtures in Division Two of the West Lancashire League.

December has been a write-off for Craig Milnes’ side with successive home postponements against Stoneclough, Furness Cavaliers and Haslingden St Mary’s.

Borough last played in a 1-1 draw away to Barrow Wanderers on November 29 and their next scheduled fixture is at home to Leyland United on January 3.

Their home run is then due to continue with visits from Kendal County in the cup and league on successive Saturdays.

Last Saturday’s game against Haslingden was an early casualty due to waterlogging at Bellholme.

Assistant boss Andy Pilling inspected the pitch after lunch on Friday and reported to Milnes that it was at saturation point.

Further rain later in the day meant there was no chance of the fixture taking place.

Milnes said: “We have had a frozen pitch and two waterlogged pitches this month.

“It’s frustrating because you still have to get a team together but at least we are unbeaten for more than a month!”

Only two games took place in Borough’s division on Saturday and they resulted in home wins for Tod’s next two opponents.

Kendal County beat Furness Rovers 2-0 and Leyland United accounted for Furness Cavaliers by the same score.

That means Tod remain 10th, with one point more than Furness Rovers.

Tod normally train on Tuesday evenings on the astroturf at Todmorden Sports Centre but Milnes said it was not worth trying to get the players together over the festive period.

That means, according to Milnes, that it will be a case of “turn up and let’s go” against Leyland in the first match of 2015.

Milnes hopes that game will leave Borough in good shape for the divisional cup contest against Kendal.

Although Tod have a tough draw, Milnes is hoping for another good run in the competition.

Borough have reached the final twice in recent years and have won the competition once.