Rochdale Hornets v Knights game called off at the last minute

Published: 10 March, 2019 - 5:23 pm

York City Knights Betfred Championship round 6 game at Rochdale Hornets due to be played today (Sunday 10th March) was postponed at 3pm due to safety concerns at the Crown Oil Arena.

A statement on the Rochdale Hornets website read:

TODAY’S scheduled fixture against York City Knights has been cancelled due to safety concerns.  

Due to adverse weather and high winds, the ground staff have been unable to remove pitch covers and erect rugby posts in a safe manner. 

Rochdale Hornets have worked closely with ground staff and an external contractor exploring all possibilities to allow the game to take place which included delaying kick off in the hope we would have a window where the sheets could be removed and posts could be erected safely. 

Rochdale Hornets CEO, Steve Kerr said: “Whilst we are extremely disappointed and frustrated by this situation the safety of all staff in the stadium is paramount. 

“We will work hard over the coming days with Rochdale AFC, the stadium company and the Rugby Football League to come to a solution on this and rearrange the fixture. 

“Finally I would like to apologise to both sets of players, staff and all supporters who have travelled far and wide to support their teams.

“I would especially like to extend my apologies to the large number of York City Knights supporters who have travelled today.” 

Knights fans will be updated of any developments regarding this fixture in due course.