Methley appeal for volunteers to clear pitch

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METHLEY Royals ARLFC are appealing for volunteers to help ensure tomorrow’s (Saturday) BARLA National Cup second-round tie against Queens goes ahead.

The Royals, coached by Halifax half-back Paul Handforth (pictured) and Reece Willshaw, are pulling out all the stops in a bid to beat the wintry weather.

They have left a protective blanket of snow on their ground at Pinfold Lane, Methley, and have called on volunteers to turn up with shovels and barrows at 10am tomorrow to help clear the pitch ahead of the game, which kicks off at 2pm.

Methley vice-chairman Phil Hodgson said: “We’re confident that the pitch will be playable for what is a huge match for us.

“Our players have been in a state of keen anticipation, since our excellent win at Keighley in the first round. Queens are one of the best sides in the amateur game and have been for many years. They are the reigning Pennine League champions and they won the National Cup as recently as 2009/10.

“They represent a massive challenge for us, but our coaches have got our lads primed and we will be giving it our best shot.

“Our main issue is getting the pitch fit. Hopefully enough people will turn up to ensure that the game gets played.”

Hodgson can be contacted on 077 8698 0909.

Spectators are asked to park on the pitch-side of Pinfold Lane to allow access for buses and larger vehicles.