Cornish Pirates & Truro City suffer as south-west sport hit by weather

Damage to the stand at Mennaye Field

Cornish Pirates and Truro City have both suffered damage to their grounds as the bad weather in the south-west continues to take its toll.

The Jewson Stand at the Pirates' Mennaye Field has been damaged, with the club suspending some ticket sales for Sunday's game against London Welsh.

The roof blew off one of the stands at Truro's Treyew Road ground, while there was also damage to the concrete walls.

Torquay's last three games have been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Gulls hope to host their first home game since 4 January on Tuesday, when fellow strugglers Northampton are the visitors.

Manager Chris Hargreaves, who was appointed on 6 January, is still waiting to take charge of his team at Plainmoor for the first time.

Some of the seating has buckled at the Mennaye Field
The Jewson Stand at the Mennaye Field needs specialist repair work

With serious flooding and major transport problems throughout the region, south-west England has been badly hit by the spell of heavy rain and storms affecting the UK over the last few weeks.

The sporting calendar across Devon and Cornwall has suffered as a result, with non-league football and lower-division rugby programmes almost entirely washed out over recent weeks.

The Pirates said the specialist nature of the work required at their ground meant they were unsure what their capacity might be for the visit of London Welsh on 16 February.

"We expect the game to go ahead and, although covered seating ticket sales have been temporarily suspended, standard ground/terrace tickets are on sale as usual," the club announced in a statement.external-link

Truro City had enquired about using Plymouth Argyle's Home Park as a temporary venue for Saturday's clash with Hemel Hempstead Town, but the Pilgrims turned down the request as they said the pitch needed more time to recover from recent games.

Treyew Road was able to host the match against Hemel, which the White Tigers lost 6-1.

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