All eyes on the weekend weather

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The Evo-Stik league faced almost a total white-out on Saturday as all scheduled games due to be played on traditional grass pitches were postponed due to the Arctic weather conditions.

Only two played on synthetic 3G surfaces - at Durham City and Sutton Coldfield - survived the big freeze.

Grantham Town officials contacted their New Mills counterparts on Friday to advise them that their South Kesteven Sports Stadium pitch was frozen solid and the inevitable phone call confirming that the game had been called off arrived early on Saturday morning.

The North West Counties Football League gave Club’s special dispensation to postpone games on Friday and with Church Lane in a similar state to Grantham, this meant that the reserves Divisional Cup tie against Daisy Hill bit the dust two hours prior to kick-off.

Weather permitting, the scheduled fixtures this weekend see the first team entertain Sutton Coldfield Town at Church Lane on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), while the reserves travel to Lancashire to face Barnoldswick Town.