Roughyeds hopeful for Whitebank this weekend

Date published: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

IT’S still all-systems-go for Whitebank on Sunday following a preliminary inspection of the ground by the Rugby Football League on Tuesday.

The RFL didn’t say “yes” but they didn’t say “no”. Instead, they told Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton what work had to be done by weekend in order for the game with York City Knights to be played at Whitebank . . . and Chris is “very hopeful” that Roughyeds will beat the clock and that the game (3.00pm kick off) will go ahead at Whitebank on Sunday to create local sporting history.

He said: “Given what happened at the inspection and what the RFL said, we are very hopeful.

“We knew before they came that work had still to be done, and they also knew that. They could see how much work had been done since they first looked at the ground some time ago.

“There are certain things we still have to do, like securing the pitch perimeter fence to effectively create a barrier between players and spectators.

“We must also complete work on a changing room for the away team.

“In general terms the RFL are happy with the progress we have made so far and they are expected to come back later in the week to make a final decision.

“We still have a couple of administrative matters to sort out with the club’s safety officer and when everything is in place the project will go before the RFL’s board of directors for ratification.”

In view of their optimism, Roughyeds are selling tickets for the York match at Whitebank on what will hopefully be an ‘historic’ day for the club.

They will be on sale from 9.0am to 5.0pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week from the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677).

They are priced at £10 adults, £8 concessions and £3 under-16s and the club hopes lots of fans will take advantage.

By buying tickets in advance, fans will be sure of getting into the ground and they will ease congestion at the turnstiles.

Details regarding other matters relating to the game, such as what happens to season-ticket holders and where do fans park their cars, will be announced later in the week.