Hollins pitch out of action

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Hollins Holme have appealed for help from other clubs and the West Riding County FA after their pitch was left unfit for play and all their equipment ruined by the floods.

Joel Booth, boss of the Halifax Sunday League top flight side, said he had never known the Calder Holmes pitch in Hebden Bridge flood before.

“The water was only a foot below the cross bars,” reported Booth, who said the club’s dressing rooms had not escaped, even though they were raised above pitch level.

The retreating waters left the playing surface unfit to stage matches.

“It is covered in stones, rocks and silt,” said Booth, who is hoping Calderdale Council will eventually be able to clear the surface with the help of machinery.

Hollins have only three home league games left and initial thoughts were that they would be put back until the end of the season.

However, Sunday’s home game against Top Club will now take place at Savile Park.

Royd Club and Weavers, who also play down the Calder Valley at Brearley Playing Fields and Holmes Park, Luddenden Foot, also had their pitches flooded.

Royd’s next game is away to Ovenden BCFC at Savile Park on January 17 while Weavers’ next scheduled match is at home to Halifax Amateurs on that same date.

Booth said his club had lost two sets of strip, match balls, a first aid kit, nets and corner flags.

Because Hollins had sole use of the changing rooms, players’ kit bags were left there and they were found floating when club members finally got access to the changing rooms at the weekend.

Booth said: “Everything is contaminated. Everything stinks and we have been advised not to use it again.”

Hollins will apply to the West Riding County FA for help from a fund set up to help clubs hit by flooding.

Help is already arriving from closer to home.

Booth said Elland club Huddersfield Amateurs had lent them a kit and they would be speaking to Midgley boss Craig Midgley and Hebden Royd Red Star manager Chris Garbutt to see if they could borrow other items from the Saturday sides for a Sunday morning.

Booth, meanwhile, was keen to put Hollins’ problems into perspective.

“We’ve lost a football kit but some people have lost their homes,” he said. “We’re feeling a bit sorry for ourselves but there are friends, families and neighbours who are much worse off.”