The big freeze bites! Sporting fixtures up and down the country fall foul of cold weather


Continuing sub-zero temperatures around the country have begun to take their toll on the calendar, with two football matches scheduled for this evening already postponed.

Cheltenham's npower League Two match against Southend was first to go after an inspection at Whaddon Road revealed a frozen pitch - with the club's groundsmen already focusing on rescuing Saturday's meeting with Lincoln.

Next to be called off for the same reason was the Football League Trophy northern semi-final between Tranmere and Huddersfield.

Enlarge   Big freeze: Heavy snowfall has hit football fixtures

Big freeze: Heavy snowfall has hit football fixtures

Meanwhile, Wednesday's race meeting at Kempton has been switched to an afternoon start, with the action beginning at 2pm running through to the last at 5.30pm.

An inspection was slated at Plumpton for 3pm, while officials at Punchestown have already cast doubt on Sunday's meeting.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Area semi-final between Bristol Rovers and Exeter was next to fall victim to conditions.

Referee Steve Tanner ended hopes of playing tonight after assessing the pitch and the game will now be played on December 7.

Football postponements:

Cheltenham v Southend
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Section Semi-Final

Tranmere v Huddersfield
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Section Semi-Final

Bristol Rovers v Exeter

Blue Square Bet Premier

AFC Wimbledon v Luton

Grimsby v Kettering

Hayes & Yeading v Eastbourne Borough

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