THE heavy rain and snow has caused not only havoc with the sporting calendar, but also damage to playing surfaces, writes Charlotte Henbest.
The terrible conditions at Savile Park, Halifax, played a part in Thornhill Briggs WMC centre back Matthew Bagshaw being taken to hospital with a broken leg in the game against Triangle two weeks ago.
Out of hospital and recuperating, 26-year-old Matthew said: “The pitch was in a really bad state.
“I was running alongside one of their players and put my left leg out to tackle him.
“My foot got stuck and the lad I was to tackle fell on me and that’s when it broke. It was a complete accident.
“What was really daft was that even though I was just a stone’s throw away from the hospital, I had to wait 40 minutes for the ambulance as it came from Bradford.
“I was in hospital for a week and have nine pins and a plate in. I have to have another operation in three months time to remove one of the pins that his holding my leg together. When the rest come out all depends on how quickly my leg heals.
“Obviously I am at home now and have a sick note for six weeks and hopefully the insurance shouldn’t take too long to come through.”
He lives in Wyke and works at Birch Printers, Bradford. It was his friendship with Kevan Nixon and Antony Todd that saw him at Thornhill Briggs for his first season, knowing them from the Old Pond and Dusty Miller.
Planning his wedding next year to fiancé Michelle Watson, Matthew said: “I have broken my ankle before playing football and now with this Michelle thinks that I should think about giving up. I can’t, I love it. It would be like asking her to give up shopping.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people at Triangle. They are a nice bunch and they really looked after me,” said Matthew.