Mole hills are latest problem to surface for luckless Borough

Unavailable: Jim Crowther
Unavailable: Jim Crowther

Moles are the latest pest to hit Todmorden Borough, whose backlog of home fixtures is beginning to mount.

Borough’s match with struggling Stoneclough in Division Two of the West Lancashire League was called off at around 11.30am last Saturday.

Manager Craig Milnes said: “Ninety per cent of the pitch was fit but other parts were frozen solid, particularly where moles had dug it up and we’d had to flatten it.”

Borough have only played five home games so far this season. Part of the reason for that is a couple of postponements when droppings from an invasion of geese caused a health issue.

Milnes said efforts to defrost the affected areas with hot water had failed and Borough had even considered playing on their smaller second pitch, but areas of that were also rock hard.

“We tried our best and it was so disappointing,” said Milnes, whose side dropped a place to 10th when Walney Island won 2-1 at home to Barrow.

Bellholme is due to host two more home matches on the next two Saturdays, against Furness Cavaliers and Haslingden St Marys.

Milnes said rain was forecast for later in the week and he hoped not too much would arrive with Furness needing to be notified in good time if there were any problems.

Todmorden will be without Danny Lively and Jim Crowther on Saturday but Milnes is hoping Terry Lowe will have shaken off a back strain.

Furness are sixth in the table and lost 2-0 at home to CMB last weekend.

Woodhouse United bid to resume their Rochdale Sunday League programme away to Asia this weekend.