League 1 side forced to move opening home fixture
League 1 outfit North Wales Crusaders have been forced to move their opening home fixture against Dewsbury Rams next weekend.
The game will now take place at Widnes due to international Wales Rugby Union fixtures taking place in Colwyn Bay.
It is the opening weekend of the League 1 competition, with the game set to take place on Sunday, February 19.
London Skolars kick-off the action on the Saturday at home to Workington Town.
Crusaders forced to move opening League 1 fixture
North Wales Crusaders said in a statement: “Unfortunately we are unable to play in North Wales next weekend. The pitch is out of use to us because of WRU international fixtures and despite exploring options to remain closer by, a solution was not found.
“We will now be playing the game at the DCBL Stadium, Widnes, with the game kicking off at 2:30pm.
“Dewsbury Rams have been extremely understanding about the situation and we thank them for that.
“We would also like to thank Halton Council for being so accommodating.
“We hope our fans understand the situation and this should be the last time anything like this happens with the pitch works that are happening later in the year.
“We’ll be in contact with fans and supporters groups to try and offer support on travel. All tickets that have been purchased remain valid for this fixture.”
Elsewhere in League 1, Doncaster host Hunslet while Cornwall travel to Midlands Hurricanes both on the Sunday.
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