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Haveron blasts NIFL call to switch Carrick Rangers game

By Stuart McKinley

Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron has hit out at the Northern Ireland Football League after his side were forced to switch this Saturday's home match with Ballinamallard United from Taylors Avenue to Solitude.

Haveron has been left stunned by the decision as he believes the troublesome pitch at Carrick's home venue - where they have only been able to play twice since the end of October - is now in better condition than it was when they last hosted a match five weeks ago.

"In my opinion there is no reason for this game to be moved," said Haveron.

"NIFL have set a very dangerous precedent in deeming a pitch unplayable four days before a match is due to take place.

"We are grateful to NIFL for working with us this season but I can't fathom this decision, especially when the pitch is in the best condition it has been since the start of the season.

"It's better than when we played Coleraine and a wee bit of transparency and communication from NIFL would have been appreciated."

Carrick have had to play three recent home league fixtures at Seaview, as well as both their Irish Cup sixth round and quarter-final games - the latter against Crusaders last Saturday.

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