Borough fingers crossed for a return to action

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Todmorden Borough are hoping that the weather will not be as bad as forecast, enabling them to resume their West Lancashire League campaign on Saturday.

Borough are due to host third-in-the-table Askam United, a team they beat 4-3 away earlier in the season.

However, the club’s reserves were unable to play at Bellhome, Walsden last Saturday due to water lying on top of a frozen pitch and it has been another damp and cold week.

Manager John Gilford said: “The forecast is not good but we will have to see what happens.

“We will have to let Askam know by 11.0 at the latest because they have to travel so far.”

Borough’s first team were without a fixture last weekend, having registered an eye-catching 7-2 win at Walney Island the week before.

Borough are ninth of 15 teams in Division Two, after some inconsistent form earlier in the campaign, and have been hard hit by injuries and unavailabilities.

There was a decent turnout of 17 for Tuesday’s training on the all-weather at Fearns High School, Rossendale but Gilford still has a few injury worries.

Danny Walsh and Dean Farry have ankle problems, ‘keeper Lee McGrath had some teeth knocked out in the last game, Harry Whitehead is suspended and Joe Walsh dislocated a knee playing Sunday football.

I might need to use my contacts again - we’re short of a centre half really,” said Gilford.