Belfast Telegraph

Rain is now the pain for Coleraine

By Stuart McKinley

The big thaw has caused a problem as huge as the big freeze for Coleraine.

After being frozen solid for the last fortnight, the Bannsiders’ Showgrounds pitch was yesterday under a foot of water as the rain fell.

The club called in the Northern Ireland Water Service, with large areas of the playing surface completely flooded.

Coleraine don’t have a home fixture for another week and they are now left to hope that favourable weather conditions will help dry the pitch.

“It was inevitable really that with that much snow and ice on the pitch if rain came it would end up as a stream,” said Platt.

“I am told that under foot it is still pretty compacted with ice and I don’t know when it will be ready to play on again.

“Certainly if we were at home in the Irish Cup this Saturday it would be very doubtful. Hopefully the weather will continue the way it is now and our match against Portadown next Tuesday night and Ballymena United the following week will go ahead.”

Platt is now hoping that Saturday’s Irish Cup game at Dundela goes ahead as planned.

“The players are crying out for a match. We’ve still managed to keep going Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and our training has been mixed between the swimming pool, spinning classes and five-a-sides.

“We haven’t played in four weeks now though and inevitably players will lose match fitness, but everyone will be the same.”

e THE Irish Cup committee last night decided against switching fifth round matches to Saturday week if a spate of postponements hits this weekend’s scheduled games.

Any matches that don’t go ahead on Saturday will be rearranged next week.

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