Rain forces abandonment of Buxton’s FA Trophy tie against Bradford Park Avenue

Match snowed off at Buxton FC's Silverlands ground
Match snowed off at Buxton FC's Silverlands ground

Yet more rain has forced Buxton’s re-arranged Trophy tie versus Bradford Park Avenue at the Silverlands to be put back to next Tuesday.

But it was last Saturday’s abandonment, following a prolonged, incessant and torrential downpour, which had home statisticians scratching their heads.

The puzzle was to remember when pitch conditions had last caused an abandonment at the highest ground in England where professional football is played.

Floodlight failure at Hucknall at New Year 2011 and a pre-Christmas fog in 2006 during a home match versus Shepshed caused relatively recent abandonments.

But it was as far back as mid-March 1982 when pitch conditions last forced a premature termination at the Silverlands and, as last Saturday, a bizarre weather event was the cause.

Then a weird combination of mud,f alling snow and life-threatening lightning brought an early end to the N.P.L. President’s Cup semi-final versus Marine.

Last Saturday’s abandonment was particularly tough on Buxton’s head groundsman Richard Lomas who has rightly received many plaudits for the quality of this season’s pitch.