Women’s Super League opener postponed due to waterlogged pitch

The much-anticipated opening fixture to the 2018 Women’s Super League season has been called off.

Officials at Featherstone Rovers saw Thursday’s game with Leeds Rhinos is unable to be played, with the LD Nutrition Stadium pitch deemed unplayable by the club’s groundstaff.

The fixture was due to take place from 7.30pm tomorrow, officially kick-starting the new-look top-flight women’s competition.

A club spokesperson said: “It is with deep regret that the game has had to be called off.

“The LD Nutrition Stadium has staged more than a dozen additional fixtures so far this year and we have been able to accommodate every single one of them.

“The surface has stood up brilliantly, with a lot of hard work from our ground staff, though the weather has beaten us on this occasion.

“The forecast for the rest of today is far from good, with plenty more rain expected throughout the afternoon and overnight.

“We are now working hard to ensure the pitch is ready for action this weekend, as it is currently in an unplayable state.”