Rain cancels football matches once more

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PLAYERS, officials and spectators are advised that amateur league football matches cannot go ahead this weekend because council pitches have been affected by the weather.

Sunderland City Council staff inspected ground conditions at playing fields across the city yesterday and do not expect pitches to dry out in time for games.

Unsettled weather conditions are also forecast for this weekend.

Councillor Mel Speding, who is a divisional representative with the Durham County Football Association Limited, said: “We all know we’ve seen a lot of rain in the last week, and even this year.

“We continue to work hard at maintaining and improving drainage of pitches in difficult financial circumstances.

“However, playing on many of the pitches this weekend isn’t going to improve their condition. We’re advising now that surfaces are simply just not playable.

“Surfaces and grounds that might be just passable now are likely to deteriorate if they are played on.

“City council staff are advising all league officials.”