It was announced yesterday afternoon that the West Ham United Development Squad’s Premier League 2 clash with Manchester City has been postponed as Storm Emma hits the United Kingdom.
All of this week, Britain has been battered by the weather system, with red warnings from the Met Office for snow in places, and ambers for elsewhere, causing widespread disruption across the country.
The fixture was due to be played tonight (Friday 2 March 2018) with a kick-off time of 7 PM at the City Football Academy, but was forced to be called off due to the adverse conditions in one of the worst-hit areas.
The decision means that the young Hammers will now have to wait a further week or so u till they are next in action, playing host to Chelsea in the PL2 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Sunday 11 March.
A new date for this particular encounter is expected to be in announced in due course and is the third match that the Claret & Blue starlets have seen postponed this season alone, a trip to Everton and a visit of Tottenham Hotspur, both in the PL2 in December suffered the same fate amid a similar weather scenario.
Terry Westley’s side are currently chasing a top-four place in the PL2 Division 1, their first campaign in the division following promotion from Division 2 at the end of the 2016/2017 term.
With five matches left of the season, the youthful side sit sixth in the standings and are a mere four points off Swansea City in fourth place with 25 points, Liverpool and Leicester City lead the way on 23.
One man who would have been very disappointed at the news is starlet winger Nathan Holland, who was hoping to make his comeback from a six-month hamstring injury lay-off in his city of birth, but will now have to wait until next weekend.
Storm Emma or “The Beat From The East” as it is being dubbed has been battering the UK since the start of the week and even poses a threat to some of this weekend’s Premier League matchups.
This includes West Ham’s first-team trip to the Liberty Stadium to face off with Swansea, Wales had felt the effects of the storm hard in the last few days and more snow is forecast for the south Wales area between now and the time of kick-off at 3 PM tomorrow afternoon.
Here is what manager David Moyes had to say about the difficulty of getting to the match and the possibility of it not going ahead in his Pre-Swansea City Press Conference on Friday morning.
“The Met Office is saying people shouldn’t travel, especially through Cardiff and down the M4. It is a concern at the moment and I’m guessing it shouldn’t be any different for football teams and fans. I think the Premier League may need to look at that.”
Should it go ahead, the clash could be vital in the fight for survival in the English Top-Flight, with the Hammers currently sitting in 13th position, just three points above the Swans in 18th.