Blun­der halts rugby match at new pitches

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

The first rugby fix­ture at new pitches in In­ver­ness has been called off less than 24 hours be­fore kick-off as it emerged the fa­cil­i­ties were not ready.

Red-faced High­land Coun­cil of­fi­cials were forced to aban­don to­day’s match be­tween High­land and Gor­do­nians at the last minute be­cause all the nec­es­sary pa­per­work on the club­house had not been signed off.

The em­bar­rass­ing er­ror has left club of­fi­cials, play­ers and coaches deeply dis­ap­pointed at not be­ing able to play at the new £4mil­lion devel­op­ment.

One High­land Rugby Club mem­ber said: “It’s mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing for the whole club. We were all look­ing for­ward to this first game, but it’s not hap­pen­ing.”

The im­pres­sive club­house and 3G pitch was built af­ter the club was re­lo­cated to ac­com­mo­date the new In­ver­ness West Link road.

The club was in­formed just af­ter 4pm yes­ter­day, though fears had been ex­pressed by some ear­lier in the week that work would not be fin­ished .

Colin Howell, High­land Coun­cil’s head of in­fra­struc­ture, said: “Not­with­stand­ing the ef­forts of the team, all the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has not been fully signed off .It is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing for ev­ery­one.”

TACK­LED: Andy Lit­tle, chair­man of High­land Rugby Club, at the new sta­dium

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