Rugby league and football club set to go head-to-head over stadium row

Halifax Panthers and Halifax Town continue to enter into talks with the Calderdale Council in a bid to sort out the Shay stadium debacle.

A fortnight ago, Town were in uproar following the decision to postpone their football game on Saturday and then allow the Panthers to play Sunday.

Town’s fixture against National League side Bromley because of a waterlogged pitch, yet, the Panthers were able to stroll to a 28-0 over London Broncos the day after.

For Halifax Town boss, Pete Wild, that decision rankled him.

“I just feel disappointed at how the game was allowed to go ahead for the rugby club on Sunday,” Wild told the Halifax Courier.

“We’re both trying to ensure the pitch is in as good a nick as possible, and for that game to go ahead on Sunday, I’ve got to be honest, was really disappointing.

“I think it’s very detrimental to what we’re trying to do as a football club, them playing on the Sunday, and I have to be honest, I’m very disappointed.

“I think if a game’s off on the Saturday, then the game on the Sunday should be off. Or vice versa, if a game for them is off on a Friday night, ours should be off on the Saturday.”

Without investment, Wild continued, the pitch needs to be looked after in the best possible way.

“We all know that pitch needs investment, but without the investment, we’ve got to take care of it as much as possible.

“I just don’t think that’s happened over the weekend.”

Now, though, the Council are set to intervene in a bid to sort out the ongoing issue this week.

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