Rathfriland games fall foul to weather

WIPEOUT - Not only was Rathfriland`s league fixtures last Saturday completely washed out by the bitter wintry weather last Friday and Saturday but practically every fixture in every league seemed to have fallen foul of the conditions.

For Rathfriland Rangers though the postponement just adds to their snarl up of league fixtures over the next 6 week period. Whilst some teams in Rathfriland`s Divison 1B league have played 22 out of a possible 26 games, the Whites have only so far managed to play 12 of their 26 – less than half of their entire league campaign!.

While the weather has been responsible for a few of these the main reason for the back log was Rangers` run in a number of the key cup competitions.

Whilst some of the experiences in the cups have been memorable this now means a dose of fixtures in a short period of time. Rathfriland`s push for promotion will not be helped by this especially as a number of games will be midweek fixtures.

Hopefully though starting this Saturday at home to Ballywalter Rec Rangers can continue their push for honours.

RANGERS REMAINING FIXTURES - Saturday 30th March – Home to Ballywalter Rec. Ko 2pm; Wednesday 3rd April – Home to Lisburn Rangers. Ko 6.30pm; Saturday 6th April – Away to Bloomfield. Ko 2pm; Thursday 11th April – Away to Dunmurray YM Ko 6.15pm; Saturday 13th April – Home to Bangor Rangers. Ko 2pm.; Thursday 18th April – Away to Sainfield Utd. Ko 6.30pm.; Saturday 20th April – Away to Newcastle. Ko 2pm.; Thursday 25th April – Away to Immaculata. Ko 6.45pm; Saturday 27th April – Home to Bloomfield/ Ko 2pm.; Tuesday 30th April – Home to Dunmurray YM. Ko 7pm; Thursday 2nd May – Away to Ballywalter Rec. Ko 7pm; Saturday 4th May – Away to Holywood FC. Ko 2pm.; Tuesday 7th May – Away to Lisburn Rangers. Ko 7pm; Match at home to Sirocco to be re-arranged.

RANGERS HOME TO BALLYWALTER - Rathfriland Rangers this Saturday host Ballywalter Rec in a league fixture at Iveagh Park. Rec are the bottom of the table side at the moment and surely Rangers have to collect the three points. After last week`s wipeout. The Whites will be raring to go again. Kick off 2pm.

SWIFTS HOME TO ANNAGH RESERVES - Rathfriland Swifts this Saturday host second place team in The Reserve Championship Annagh Utd Reserves in a league fixture at Ingram Park. The Swifts will be hoping that home advantage can help then stave off the pressure from Annagh. Kick off 2.15pm.

SWIFTS RESERVES AWAY TO DONACLONEY - Rathfriland Swifts Reserves this Saturday travel to Donacloney Reserves in a league fixture. The Swifts Reserves are flying at the moment and they will not see bottom half of the table teams as an obstacle in the final push. Kick off 2pm.

SYMPATHY - Sincere sympathy from all at Rathfriland FC goes to the family of Swifts Reserves manager Conan Power whose father sadly passed away last week. Conan, whose family comes from Waterdord, has been a breath of fresh air around the club especially with the young players – everyone has Conan and his family in their thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

COMMITTEE MEETING - The April committee meeting will take place at the clubrooms Tuesday 16th April at 7pm. Please note the new earlier start time.

SENTRY DUTY - Saturday 30th March - Gary, Chub, Rodney; Saturday 6th April – Bicks, Roy, Eric; Saturday 13th April – Karen, Lindsay, Donna

RATHFRILAND FC YOUTH WINTER TRAINING - Please note U8s restart at Rathfriland Leisure Centre.

U8s, Tuesday 6–7pm; U9s, Monday 7-8pm; U10s Tuesday 7-8pm; U11s Wednesday 6-7pm; U12s Wednesday 7-8pm; U13s Wednesday 7-8pm; U15s Tuesday 8-9pm.

All new players will be welcome.