Peacehaven’s opponents in the fourth round of the FA Vase have launched an appeal to their fans in a bid to get the game on at the weekend.
As was common with most games across the country, the Tye’s match at Larkhall Athletic was called off on Saturday due to the heavy snow that fell across the UK. It is hoped it will go ahead at the second attempt this Saturday (January 26) – but the west country outfit are still struggling with a snow-covered pitch.
The extended spell of bad weather has continued to play havoc with the fixture lists into this week, with all the games scheduled to be played in the county league last night called off.
However, Peacehaven have successfully got their John O’Hara League Cup tie with Ringmer ON tonight (kick off 7.45pm at the Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue), thanks to a Twitter appeal by the south coast club for volunteers to help clear their pitch of snow.
A hardy band of helpers responded to the club’s call and spent all day yesterday making the Sports Park surface playable.
And despite some concerns overnight (see a related story on this website), the club confirmed that the game with the Blues tonight is now officially ON.
And the Tye’s FA Vase opponents are hoping for the same kind of success in their appeal for volunteers to clear their pitch.
The Bath-based Western League Premier Division side issued a statement on their website last night which was reproduced across local media.
It read: “Although the winter weather is doing its best to sabotage our fixture list, I remain determined to prevent it from causing a cancellation to our FA Vase game against Peacehaven on Saturday.
“Once we get the latest snow fall behind us my ground staff colleagues and I will be doing our utmost to ensure we give ourselves a good chance of making the pitch playable by the weekend.
“Beneath the snow-covered pitch we have a flat surface just waiting to be played on.
“Once... the conditions allow we intend to go flat out to make sure that any pitch inspection gets the all important green light.
“BUT WE NEED SOME HELP.
“If you or anyone you know are prepared to help us in the task ahead over the next few days to shovel, brush or carry the white stuff please contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07527197793 so I can coordinate the work load.
“If any volunteers are able to supply snow shovels or stiff brushes it will be a great help. Day time help is useful although we are prepared to use the floodlights to work at night if necessary.
“We all know how BIG this fixture is for ‘The Larks’ especially in the light of another home draw in the 5th round.