Another Washout Weekend for Sutton

Three out of seven matches postponed

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2014 04:51pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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Another washout for a third week running increased the frustration for all at Sutton Coldfield rugby club last weekend. 

With everyone keen to get on with the action at this crucial stage in the National 3 Midlands league season, with Sutton sitting in 4th place and very much in contention for league honours, the weather intervened once again causing a must win clash with a top three team to be postponed. Having lost the home game against 2nd place Nuneaton to the weather the previous weekend, another game key to determining the outcome of the league championship had to be postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Old Halesonians ground, Wassell Grove, Hagley and with no Six Nations International Rugby on the telly to offer solace, the Sutton players and rugby fans had to stifle their frustration for another week and hope for a break in the weather to allow this weekends rearranged home fixture against 2nd place Nuneaton to go ahead on Sat 22nd Feb, at the RSG, Walmley Road, KO 2.15.

The persistent rainfall in 2014 has caused 3 of Sutton's 7 league and cup fixtures to be postponed due to unplayable pitches including 2 NL3 Midlands league games, 1 home and 1 away plus the semi-final of the Warwickshire Cup against close neighbours Spartans, which is to be played on a neutral ground. The postponed games are already causing congestion but hopefully if the Nuneaton game goes ahead this weekend the Old Halesonians game can be played on 15th March, which is the next available league weekend. However, this still leaves a problem with fitting in the Warwickshire Cup semi-final against Spartans, which may have to be played mid-week under floodlights subject to a directive from the Warwickshire Competitions Committee.

The weather related delays are making a challenging section of the season even more difficult for the Sutton team, who can see the tough games building up but with eight games to go to the end of the league season plus the Warwickshire Cup semi-final and hopefully the final in their sights, Sutton still have everything to play for and with their squad strength growing with the return of key players from short and long term injury, all scenarios are possible.

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