RAMSBOTTOM United have been forced to delay their return to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium as they continue the clean-up following what club officials have described as the worst flooding in their 50-year history.

Garry Vaughan's men were due to play Grantham Town at home on Saturday in what would have been their first game on home soil since the River Irwell burst its banks on Boxing Day and flooded the ground and neighbouring cricket pitch.

The water has now receded but has caused extensive damage to surrounding fencing and club facilities, such as the clubhouse and changing rooms.

As a result, Rammy have reversed their fixture this weekend, and will instead play at Grantham, with the home match now due to be played on Saturday, March 12.

A club statement read: "Due to the recent flooding and the devastating mess left behind at Ramsbottom United's Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Saturday's home game in the Evo-Stik Premier against Grantham Town has been reversed.

"This will allow more time for the stadium to be returned to normality after the worst effects from such floods in the club's 50-year existence.

"The club would like to place on record it's thanks to everyone who has donated and put in the many man-hours so far tidying up in what has been a massive task.

"Work is continuing in the hope that everything will be back to normal over the next couple of weeks."

A coach will be available for supporters wishing to make the trip to Grantham on Saturday – contact chairman Harry Williams for reservations.

Rammy's next scheduled home match is against Marine on Tuesday, January 19.

They returned to action on Saturday with a 3-2 win at Stourbridge, when fans from the host club raised £480 in a bucket collection for Rammy, which was topped up by a £250 donation from Stourbridge FC.