Dry spell puts pitches out of use

THIS weekend's sporting fixtures on Great Yarmouth Borough Council pitches have been cancelled as a result of the lack of rain.The bone-dry pitches were seen as creating an unacceptable injury risk to players, with games in current conditions also likely to cause long-term damage to playing surfaces.

THIS weekend's sporting fixtures on Great Yarmouth Borough Council pitches have been cancelled as a result of the lack of rain.

The bone-dry pitches were seen as creating an unacceptable injury risk to players, with games in current conditions also likely to cause long-term damage to playing surfaces.

The decision has resulted in the cancellation of football matches in the Great Yarmouth and district leagues, as well as tomorrow's Yarmouth Town Reserves game against Walsham-le-Willows at the Wellesley.

GYB services assistant ground and leisure manager Paul Kelf said: “There has been just 11mm of rain since July, which is exceptionally low. The position will be reviewed each week, but we need the weather to change.

“There is very little grass coverage. If the pitches keep getting played on in this dry, dusty condition, then when it does rain they will turn into bogs.”

Gorleston's match with FC Clacton at Emerald Park on Saturday will not be affected, as the pitch is not council owned.