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Carrick Rangers' move home games to Seaview after pitch problems

By Staff Reporter

Carrick Rangers have bowed to what, for months now, has been almost inevitable and moved their next two home fixtures away from Taylors Avenue.

A third fixture has also been earmarked for a switch to Seaview as Carrick's pitch undergoes further improvement work as they try to solve a problem which goes back to the end of October.

The club has only been able to host two home matches since then, with last Saturday's Irish Cup sixth round tie with Crumlin Star the latest to be postponed.

With time running out to fit all their fixtures in before the league splits at the end of March, Carrick have now reached an agreement with Crusaders and the Northern Ireland Football League to use Seaview while they try to clear up the backlog, starting with their match against Dungannon Swifts, which was scheduled for Friday night, being brought forward 24 hours.

A club statement said: "Despite the best efforts of the countless numbers of volunteers and a significant financial investment, we have made a difficult decision, in the best interest of Carrick Rangers Football Club, to temporarily adopt Seaview as our home venue."

Carrick Rangers rearranged fixtures (All to be played at Seaview): Thursday February 11: v Dungannon Swifts, Monday February 15: v Crumlin Star, Friday February 19: v Warrenpoint Town.

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