The Halifax Courier report that the beleagured pitch at Halifax’s Shay stadium will be renovated after the end of the football season, say Calderdale Council.

FC Halifax Town’s home game with Ebbsfleet last Saturday had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, before a combination of recent heavy rain and Halifax’s RLFC’s clash with Dewsbury the following day left the surface like a mud bath.

The pitch does at least have a chance to recuperate due to both the football and rugby clubs not being scheduled to play on it until next weekend.

Calderdale Council’s Sports Services Manager, Gary Byrnes, said: “The decision to postpone the Halifax Town fixture on Saturday 9 March was made by the match official at around 2pm.

“The pitch at the Shay had been heavy with water all week, and staff at the ground spent hours carrying out maintenance to allow the fixture on Tuesday 5 March to go ahead as planned. This hard work continued throughout the week, despite heavy rain making conditions more difficult.”

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