FROZEN pitches and snowfall across north Northumberland saw the grass-roots sports fixtures wiped out at the weekend.
Last winter’s big freeze seemed to be no more than a distant memory until Saturday and Sunday when no football took place in any of the leagues.
Despite an early-afternoon kick-off in their Senior Benevolent Bowl round-two tie, Alnwick’s game was off and they will now lock horns with Killingworth this Saturday at St James’ Park.
The Northern Alliance fared no better with the whole league and cup line-up called off.
Division One high-fliers Amble United were also due to be in Benevolent Bowl action, at home to Blyth Town. This has been rescheduled for Saturday.
Alnwick Town Reserves’ round-five clash in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup at Newcastle Chemfica was rearranged for the coming weekend as well.
All four of the Anderson Cup quarter-finals were off for North Northumberland League clubs along with the bottom-of-the-table clash between Tweedmouth Harrow and Longhoughton Rangers in Division One.
A further five games were off in Division Two including the mouth-watering match-up between second-placed AFC Newbiggin and top-of-the table Red Row Welfare and another battle at the bottom – Amble St Cuthbert v Hedgeley Rovers.
Sunday was no kinder and the Morpeth Sunday League saw no play. This included the Lewin Cup Quarter-Final between Woodhorn Lane and Bedlington Barrington Arms and Ashington RAOB’s Minor Cup home match against St Peter’s Social.
The junior football calendar wasn’t spared wither with no play in the Glendale Leagues on Saturday or the Pin Point Recruitment Junior Leagues on Sunday.
In rugby, third-placed Alnwick’s trip to Ashington in the Durham and Northumberland Division One also fell foul of the wintry weather.
The Northumbrians have a week off from league action this Saturday.