Leeds accept RFU's call on Plymouth Albion replay
LEEDS Carnegie have officially accepted they must replay their Championship match against Plymouth Albion after a RFU inquiry.
Albion got their 34-16 defeat at Leeds on January 6 quashed in a wrangle over the condition of the pitch at the club's Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
The match went to uncontested scrums after just 13 minutes when the playing surface badly cut up.
Now Albion will try again at a new venue, West Park in Leeds, on Sunday, February 3.
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Leeds Carnegie have also rearranged their next two Championship games against Newcastle Falcons and Cornish Pirates to be played at Otley RUFC.
Leeds' executive chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan said: "Having sought expert legal advice we have decided against appealing the decision and reluctantly accept the findings.
"As a club we have invested in our infrastructure to produce a world class venue, but unfortunately the pitch has been deemed unacceptable for scrummaging."
Meanwhile, Albion chairman Graham Stirling has pleaded with supporters to turn out in force today and encourage the team to a much-needed win against Moseley (3pm).
Albion are keen to end a poor run of results, which has seen them win just once in the Championship since the end of September.
If they lose to third-from-bottom Moseley then they could fall into the bottom four.
"We would like to call on all our supporters to get to the ground, make plenty of noise and get behind the team as it does make a massive difference," said Stirling, who has seen Albion's crowds fall drastically over the past two seasons.
"This match has taken on special importance as we attempt to get back to winning ways against a team currently sitting two places below us in the Championship.
"Although we have an 11-point cushion between ourselves and the bottom club, Doncaster, with no relegation play-offs this season, we do not want to depend on the performance of others to keep out of the relegation zone.
"We set our stall out at the start of the season to finish in the top eight, which is the position we currently sit in with nine matches remaining.
"Although Moseley lost heavily at Llanelli in the B&I Cup last weekend, we know this will only spur them on and we can expect them to come at us."
Stirling, meanwhile, revealed Albion are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the Championship transfer deadline.