Football season faces huge fixture-backlog

10-0077-2''A football sits in the snow at Hucknall town FC in front of the goal

10-0077-2''A football sits in the snow at Hucknall town FC in front of the goal

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A fixture backlog awaits almost every football team in the Hucknall and Bulwell area after last weekend’s programme was whitewashed -- literally!

Heavy snow during Friday night meant that every game scheduled for the Dispatch district on Saturday and Sunday was postponed.

Local grounds were covered by up to three inches of the white stuff. And with temperatures struggling to get above freezing this week, there are even fears for this weekend’s fixture list.

The biggest casualties last week were cup semi-finals involving BULWELL and Hucknall side T8’S.

The Bulls’ Notts Senior League, Senior Cup semi against Kimberley Miners Welfare must be re-arranged, while T8’s’ Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup tie against Attenborough Cavaliers was postponed for the THIRD time.

They have another go this Sunday, which means Reece Jackson’s side could now have as many as 13 games to fit in during the last five weeks of the season. They still have half of their 18 league matches to play and have also reached the last four of the league cup.

Meanwhile, in HUCKNALL TOWN’S Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, the backlog has become so severe that they have taken the unprecedented step of extending the season into May.

Officials branded it “global disruption”, with Phil Bradley saying: “It is the worst I have known in many years with the league.”