Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hawks Call off Whitley Clash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hawks Call off Whitley Clash

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Byline: DAVID HALL

WHITLEY Warriors' home play-off game with Blackburn Hawks this Sunday was cancelled last night when the Lancashire side pulled out of the fixture as they were struggling to raise a team.

"Due to a combination of injuries/suspensions and players being unavailable, this Sunday's fixture against Whitley Bay has been cancelled, the points being awarded to Whitley," confirmed a spokesman for the club.

That leaves the Warriors to concentrate on their remaining play-off game in Sheffield tomorrow night, although player-coach Simon Leach was disappointed that the Sunday game was now off.

"It's very disappointing, not only for the players, but the fans and rink management at Whitley," he said.

"Obviously we don't fully know what their situation is, but we travelled down to their rink in good faith a couple of weeks ago and would have expected the same in return."

The Warriors now travel to the Sheffield game tomorrow knowing they need a point to qualify for the play-off final. …

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