Tadcaster Albion eyeing pitch support from NCEL rivals Garforth Town

Tadcaster Albion chairman Matt Gore
Tadcaster Albion chairman Matt Gore
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Tadcaster Albion will approach neighbouring NCEL outfit Garforth Town over the possibility of a ground share while the clean-up operation at the i2i Stadium continues.

Flood water caused destruction at the Brewers' Ings Lane ground over New Year and is likely to wipe out all home fixtures over the next month.

Tadcaster have played two matches at home since the end of October (Photo: Ian Parker)

Tadcaster have played two matches at home since the end of October (Photo: Ian Parker)

Albion's next home match is against Athersley Recreation on January 16 before Clipstone are scheduled to arrive four days later. Both matches are unlikely to go ahead.

Tad's chairman Matt Gore said the club will approach Garforth later this week after being knocked back by York City and Harrogate Town when their pitch was flooded in November.

He said: “When we had the first flood not so long ago, we were just wanting to play Worksop and spoke to York but they said they couldn't because York City Knights were moving there soon.

“We asked Harrogate Town because they had approached us a couple of seasons ago but their pitch was not in a good shape.

“Garforth is likely to be the club. It is the closest and most appropriate but even Garforth are getting their games called off at the moment.”

Gore said the clubhouse has been “contaminated” by sewage and it has been locked up for assessment by safety experts.

He added: “The pitch has been under so much water and there was sewage spewing out onto it. It's in a bad state down there so we don't know how long it will be before we can play there again. It could be weeks or months.”