Halifax v Huddersfield friendly postponed

Halifax have confirmed that tomorrow’s (Sunday) friendly with Huddersfield has been postponed.

With heavy rain set to fall in West Yorkshire on Saturday night, Fax have released a statement saying Calderdale MBC have taken the decision to postpone the match.

Halifax RLFC Chairman Michael Steele said: “The club was not consulted on this decision, neither has it been allowed access, out of hours, to the office to enable officials, volunteers, supporters and all the others involved in a matchday, of the match postponment.

“If you are aware of anyone who needs to know, please pass on this message.”

Halifax had stated that they were hopeful of playing the game on Wednesday evening but Huddersfield MD Richard Thewlis – who said the decision to call off the game was “ludicrous”, has stated that will not be the case.

“We were informed by Halifax this morning of a potential problem which frankly given the weather then and the distance to the game seemed quite ludicrous,” he said.

“I am told the matter has been taken out of Halifax RLFC’s hands and thus no blame can be apportioned in my view to them.  I have to say though it is a huge blow to both clubs and probably 3000 fans who were looking forward to enjoying a game at a venue many pay monies to support.

“We will talk to Halifax about a re-arrangement if their stadium partners are able to give any confidence to us that they actually want rugby league at that venue when there is moisture forecasted. The loss of the game means as was the case last year our best laid plans to prepare all the players for the year ahead now need re-formulating. We will not though for the avoidance of doubt be playing Halifax midweek next week.”