Football – Lewes is OFF but Peacehaven is ON

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Lewes’ game at Wingate and Finchley has been called off today – but Peacehaven’s FA Vase clash at Larkhall Athletic IS going ahead.

Both clubs held pitch inspections this morning because of the lingering effects of last week’s snow and ice.

But while the Ryman Premier Club’s Summers Lane pitch was deemed unplayable, the side from Bath in the Western Premier Division ruled their playing surface was fit to play.

Following a 10.30am inspection at their Harry Abrahams Stadium, Wingate and Finchley confirmed earlier: Bad news guys we’re off. There’s just too much ice below the snow.

“A lot of the pitch looks amazing, but too much is still a swamp of ice and flood. Pesky sun was a few hours too late.”

But the Tye’s big Vase match thankfully goes ahead at the second attempt, following a postponement of its original scheduled date last Saturday.

The winners of that clash have a home tie in the last 16 against either the holders Dunston UTS of Gateshead or Kent side Tunbridge Wells.

In the Sussex County League, Hailsham’s Division 1 game at Pagham is ON, as is Newhaven’s Division 2 match at Little Common. Seaford Town’s Div 2 game at Southwick is also ON, as is Saltdean United’s Div 2 clash at Storrington.

The Dockers said: “It’s been 18 long days but Newhaven finally have a game of football to play. @littlecommonfc host the #dockers at the rec, 3pm kick off.”

But Ringmer’s Division 1 game at home to Horsham YMCA is OFF.

The Blues confirmed: “The home match today 26th Jan, against Horsham YMCA has had to be cancelled because rising temperatures have caused the big thaw.

“Although groundsman Bob had worked hard to clear a lot of the snow, it was an impossible task to clear it all.

“The remaining snow leaving huge pools of standing water. The match was called as not playable this morning.”

AFC Uckfield’s Division 1 game at East Grinstead Town is also off as is Uckfield Town’s Division 3 match at Ifield.