The drainage problems at Limavady’s John Hunter Memorial Grounds show no sign of improving any time soon.
The Roesiders were forced to play all their games in August and September last year away from home when the contractors moved in but as the new season starts the drainage work is still not finished and it could be July before Limavady get the opportunity to play at home.
The joint champions asked for the first four fixtures to be played away but probably didn’t appreciate the opposition being Strabane, Bready, Donemana and Brigade! ‘Is someone having a laugh at our expense?’ was the not unnatural reaction and, sure enough, last week they lost the opening game between the joint champions.
A game at Bready is always a potential minefield for visiting teams and with the Magheramason side boosted by their easy opening day win against St Johnston they will be keen to make it two wins out of two.
Donemana have been given three home fixtures to get their league campaign up and running but if they thought they would have a gentle start, with games against Coleraine and Eglinton before Limavady visit The Holm on May 15, they were given a rude awakening when the Bannsiders mugged them in their own back yard, returning home with the points in a five wickets win.
Eglinton seem set to feel the full force of the backlash tomorrow but already the 2008 champions are playing catch-up.
On Sunday Coleraine will be out to prove their victory at Donemana last week was no fluke when they take on Strabane who should have skipper Jonathan Beukes and Mark Gillespie on board for the first time.
Brigade, who hurried to an impressive victory over Eglinton last week, entertain Fox Lodge who comfortably chased down Glendermott’s total but tomorrow’s test is sure to be much stiffer.
The Rectory men play at home for the first time and will expect to get off the mark with victory against last year’s Section Two champions, St Johnston.
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Billy Henderson Properties Senior League One (1.00): Bready v Limavady, Brigade v Fox Lodge, Donemana v Eglinton, Glendermott v St Johnston.
Senior Two: Ardmore v Creevedonnell, Ballyspallen v Sion Mills, Killyclooney v Drummond, The Nedd v Bonds Glen.
Sunday: Senior One: Strabane v Coleraine.
Faughan Valley Charity Cup Final: Donemana v Limavady (Magheramason, 2pm).