Local football hit by walkover and washout postponements

SPLASH OF THE DAY -- a scene typical of so many grounds in the Dispatch district last weekend as waterlogged pitches forced several postponements.
SPLASH OF THE DAY -- a scene typical of so many grounds in the Dispatch district last weekend as waterlogged pitches forced several postponements.

Washouts and a walkover. That was the story behind a weekend of local football in the Dispatch district decimated by the weather.

Torrential rain last Saturday morning left many pitches waterlogged and forced several postponements.

But ironically, one of the most high-profile games to be called off was for a very different reason.

For Linby Colliery Welfare were handed a walkover into the last 16 (Third Round) of the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate County Cup because opponents, Boots Athletic Reserves, were unable to raise a side and, therefore, forfeited the tie

Boots were probably on a hiding to nothing. They play two leagues and four divisions below Linby, and even their first team are a level below Dave Marlow’s side -- a curious anomaly that may prompt a review of the entry rules by Notts FA.

The other big Intermediate County Cup tie of the day gave Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves the chance of a giantkilling at home to Notts Senior League, Senior Division leaders, Cotgrave. But it fell foul of the weather and will now be played this Saturday instead.

In the Central Midlands League, Hucknall Town (away to Belper United) and Bulwell (at home to Holbrook St Michael’s) were victims of Saturday-morning postponements after the heavy rain.

And conditions had not improved sufficiently the following morning to prevent several local Sunday sides calling their fixtures off.

The postponements included a Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup quarter-final between Hucknall Town Sunday and Trentside, which will now be played this weekend, plus Notts Sunday League games involving Athletico T8’s, AFC H2O, bestwood Miners Welfare and AFC Dowhan.

The weather forecast is for more rain this weekend, but not nearly as much.