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Henry admits defeat in restoring lights

Devonshire Rec hope to resume night football next season after restoration work is completed on their lights

No night football will be played at Devonshire Recreation Club this season because of problems with the lights after damage caused by two recent storms.

The Bermuda Football Association confirmed yesterday that the ground, which has not hosted any night matches so far this season, will have matches originally scheduled under the lights for the second half of the season switched to Sundays.

“We said to the BFA that we have to address the situation,” said Nadine Henry, the club president, who explained that restoration work was needed to repair the lights.

“We are actively in the process of restoring our system. The BFA is fully aware and supports what we’re doing.

“We had one storm which hit us really bad and we were in the process of trying to refurbish. Then the second storm came and wiped out the work that had begun.

“On behalf of the committee and management of Devonshire Recreation Club, I do apologise to those who enjoy Friday night matches, and it is our intent to get ourselves back up for next season.”

Devonshire Rec members will participate in a work rally at the club today from 9am to noon.

The closure of the ground for night matches leaves only Goose Gosling Field and Somerset Cricket Club to host matches this season, although there is sufficient lighting at Devonshire Rec to allow the team to train under lights.

The first match scheduled for the Rec this season would have been on January 20, a double-header between Wolves and St George’s and Devonshire Cougars and Dandy Town. Those matches will now be played on January 22.

The BFA also announced yesterday that Devonshire Cougars, North Village and BAA have withdrawn from the Player Development League, while Southampton Rangers have stood down their Masters team.