Carrick consider going on the road after postponements

Carrick official Michael Hughes and referee Ian McNabb on the waterlogged pitch which led to the Shield semi-final with Linfield being called off
Carrick official Michael Hughes and referee Ian McNabb on the waterlogged pitch which led to the Shield semi-final with Linfield being called off

Carrick Rangers want to bring forward away fixtures to allow their Taylor's Avenue pitch time to recover following four postponements this season.

Tuesday night's Co Antrim Shield semi-final against Linfield was the latest match to be called off because of a waterlogged surface.

"We are discussing with NIFL the possibility of reversing fixtures," said Carrick manager Gary Haveron.

Haveron was speaking ahead of Friday night's league game at Glenavon.

Carrick have dropped into the relegation play-off spot while the Lurgan Blues sit fifth in the Premiership standings.

"Everyone at the club is frustrated at these games being postponed and we are obviously concerned about it," added Haveron.

"We need games on - we don't have the squad strength to play two league games a week later in the season.

"There is also the financial impact and playing a series of away games when the weather is at its worst is an option.

"The focus for the team is the Glenavon game and we need a few wins to get a bit of momentum going.

"I believe they were lucky to draw with us in September and we will go there with no fear."

Meanwhile, the re-arranged semi-final between Carrick and Linfield on 15 December will be switched to Windsor Park if the Rangers pitch is again unplayable.

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