The backlog means that the Bridge are not only 15 points off safety, they have to play 14 games in seven weeks — nine of them at Bower Fold. This not only makes the task of avoiding relegation even more difficult, it could deprive the club of badly-needed funds.
“We are doing everything we can to get Saturday’s game on, but we are also hoping that the weather gives us a break,” explained chairman Rob Gorski.
“It’s a triple whammy in that the fans, who we desperately need in this run-in, are faced with the cost of three home games in a week. That’s a strain for them, but we not only need them to help the cash flow, but we also need them to support the lads.
“Pete Owens, who is a truly fine groundsman, has been doing everything within his considerable skills to get matches on, but there is a ‘thatch’ within the surface that is not letting the water seep through and thus the incessant rain has just been sitting on the surface.
“We paid a considerable sum to rent a light machine last week that spikes 10ins below the surface and that was working until the rains came back.
“It’s a terrible position on many levels. We haven’t had a home league game for more than two months and the cash-flow problems have been horrendous.
“Our manager, Steve Burr, has got the lads buzzing in training, but desperately wants to get out there playing competitive matches. And, of course, we are very close to having to play Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday-Saturdays, which would be a nightmare scenario.
“The team were magnificent at Salford and it’s interesting to note that six of our next seven games are at home. They may well define our season.”