Welwyn Garden City trophy derby with Codicote cancelled for a fourth time

PUBLISHED: 16:12 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:50 05 February 2014

WGC and Codicote in action during their December league game

WGC and Codicote in action during their December league game


Welwyn Garden City and Codicote’s Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy second round tie seems destined never to take place after being called-off for a fourth time.

The derby rivals were set to meet at Herns Lane tonight (Wednesday) to thrash it out for a place in the third round of the knockout competition.

However, the weather and a waterlogged pitch has caused the match to be postponed yet again.

For two months attempts to play the tie have been made with the fixture off on December 4, January 8, January 15 and tonight (February 5).

The match did kick-off at the first time of asking, on December 4, however with Codicote leading 2-0 the encounter was abandoned at half-time due to rising frost causing poor visibility.

Bizarrely the two have played at Herns Lane in the SSML Division One in the meantime, on December 28 WGC secured a 3-1 triumph.

WGC boss Adam Fisher said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous and incredibly frustrating that a game that was originally abandoned due to frost back in December should be now postponed another three times.

“We have played Codicote since in the league and it was a good competitive game between two good sides which makes it even more frustrating.”

The tie has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19 and hopefully it will be fifth time lucky.

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