Lancaster and Morecambe football programme almost entirely washed out

The scene at Garstang's Riverside ground.
The scene at Garstang's Riverside ground.
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Almost the entire semi-professional and amateur football programme was wiped out at the weekend.

Lancaster City’s game at Derbyshire side New Mills in the Evo-Stik First Division North was called off on Saturday morning after a pitch inspection.

There are also doubts over the Dolly Blues’ Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy quarter-final against Ashton Athletic at Giant Axe on Tuesday night due to the flooding and electricity issues in the area.

On Saturday, Phil Brown’s side are then due to host Scarborough Athletic as they return to league action.

The West Lancashire Premier Division programme was also a washout with Slyne-with-Hest’s game at Charnock Richard and Garstang’s game at Hesketh Bank called off.

The sides will hope to return to action in the Richardson Cup this weekend but Garstang’s Riverside Ground pitch and clubhouse has been damaged by flood water.

Neil Crossley’s men are due to host Blackpool Wren Rovers while Slyne welcome Eagley in the first round ties.

Further down the pyramid somehow one game was played across the four divisions of the Baines Bagguley Penhale North Lancashire and District Football League.

In the Eric Wilson Senior Challenge Cup Preesall & Pilling were 5-3 winners at home to Marsh United.

Dave Thornhill scored a brace for the hosts with Dan Freeman on target twice for the visitors at Sandy Lane.