Is there another fixture freeze on the cards?

THE COLD snap which decimated the region’s sporting calendar last weekend looks set to continue, causing further disruption this weekend.

Saturday’s local football, rugby and hockey programmes were almost completely wiped out with only a handful of matches played after the whole country was plunged into freezing temperatures.

The rugby calendar was also badly affected, with only a small number of games been played across the Sussex leagues.

There was triple frustration for Lewes FC this week. The men’s 1sts’ Ryman Premier League clash at Wingate & Finchley was called off on Saturday due to a frozen pitch – along with all the other games in that division that day.

Lewes Ladies’ league match in the South East Combination League away to MK Dons on Sunday was also called off for the same reason... but the real disappointment for the ‘Rookettes’ was the calling off of their home Ryman Women’s Cup semi-final clash with Enfield Town due to be played on Wednesday night. It was a rare chance for the Lewes Ladies to play under the Dripping Pan floodlights, and the postponment caused obvious frustration amongst the players, who posted their annoyance on Twitter.

Char Bennett posted: “Gutted the game is off tonight and was even preparing for a hard fitness session with Steve (Cameron, Lewes Ladies fitness coach). This weather has a lot to answer for!”

And Naomi Cole added: “It’s official, our game is OFF tonight. Devastated... looks likely to be rearranged for next Tuesday.

“I hate the ice, snow and cold! #grrrr”

Lewes men’s first team are due to host Leatherhead in the league tomorrow while the Ladies are scheduled to entertain Cambridge Women in the South East Combination League that they are currently topping with a 100 per cent record.

And a full programme of Sussex County Football League matches is also due to be played this weekend.

But with last weekend’s cold snap dragging on through this week (despite the forecasters incorrectly predicting a milder spell from Monday onwards) there is a real danger that the programme of fixtures in football and rugby could be wiped out again this weekend.

The snow which swept into the county last Saturday and Sunday evening is still visible in many areas of the area with the sub zero temperatures preventing pitches and courts from thawing out.

And with the freezing temperatures set to continue into the weekend with the chance of more snow in the region, clubs are again bracing themselves to scratch another P-P into their results columns.