Hawe hoping for return to fixture programme

Stephen Uprichard (left) and Steven Hawe - Loughgall's joint manager.
Stephen Uprichard (left) and Steven Hawe - Loughgall's joint manager.

Loughgall joint manager Steven Hawe will be hoping to consign his festive frustration to the past when Moyola Park arrive at Lakeview Park tomorrow (Saturday).

The Villagers’ previous competitive fixture arrived on December 5 - with the postponement of the Boxing Day final due to a waterlogged pitch.

Now Loughgall can prepare for the weekend Intermediate Cup test against Moyola short of match practice but eager to step out for an organised game.

“It has been difficult over the past few weeks,” said Hawe. “I spoke to Marty Rice, the Armagh City manager, on the day of the Bob Radcliffe Cup final and it was obviously frustrating for both clubs.

“I feel that maybe the referee, Killian Kerr, was a bit too premature in calling it off but he felt concerned over the safety of the players and we must accept that decision.

“Now it is a wait for the new date, although the rescheduled final may not attract the same size of crowd.

“However, both clubs are keen to play and we will deal with it once the date gets sorted.”

The lack of senior football has kept Marcus Dallas and Wilson Tavares on the suspension list.

“Marcus has one match to clear his ban, with Wilson also close,” said Hawe. “We are also coming into the January transfer window but I would first like a match.

“If Lakeview Park proves unplayable we cannot switch to the away venue as Moyola share.”

Kick-off at Lakeview Park will be 1.30.