FA Cup ties and National League games postponed because of frozen pitches

FA Cup ties and National League games postponed because of frozen pitches

Football on frozen pitch
Temperatures in the UK were forecast to drop to as low as -10C (14F) on Friday night

Saturday’s FA Cup second-round tie between non-league Alfreton and Walsall was postponed minutes before kick-off because of a frozen pitch.

It was the second tie to fall victim of the weather after Crewe v Bristol Rovers was called off on Friday after the pitch failed an inspection.

The Crewe tie has been rearranged for Tuesday, 12 December, with any replay to be held one week later.

Five of Saturday’s scheduled National League games are also off.

Temperatures were expected to drop to as low as -10C (14F) in parts of the UK on Friday night with snow also forecast as the current cold snap continues.

The postponement of the game at Crewe means new Bristol Rovers boss Matt Taylor, appointed earlier on Friday, will have to wait until Tuesday’s EFL Trophy game at Crawley to take charge for the first time.

The National League fixtures between AFC Fylde and Hartlepool United, FC Halifax Town against Solihull Moors and Southend United versus Wealdstone were all called off on Saturday morning because of frozen pitches.

Altrincham against Dorking Wanderers and Gateshead’s trip to Woking were both called off on Friday.

New dates for all those games have not yet been arranged.

The FA Cup tie between Blackpool and Forest Green Rovers has also been postponed because of a Football Association investigation into a Rovers player’s eligibility in round one.

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