THERE was almost a total wipe out on the local outdoor sporting front at the weekend as both football and rugby teams felt the full force.
First to go, early on Saturday morning, was Stafford Rangers’ scheduled Evo-Stik Premier league clash at FC United of Manchester, whose current home ground is Gigg Lane, home of League Two outfit Bury.
An early pitch inspection ruled out any action for the Boro, the second time in two weeks that they have missed out, after the 85-second abandonement of their league fixture at Grantham on January 25.
The new date for the FC United match is Tuesday, March 18, while the Grantham fixture has already been re-arrangead for March 25 (both 7.45pm).
Staying with our local Saturday teams and matches involving Brocton, Stafford Town (Midland Combination Premier), Stone Old Alleynians, FC United (West Midland League) and Eccleshall (North West Counties) were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
On the Sunday football front, all but two matches went ahead in the Stafford and District Sunday League, while only a handful were played in the Mid Staffs Junior league.
The sport of rugby were also badly affected, with matches involving Stafford, Eccleshall and St Leonards all postponed.