The chance to greet big Christmas crowds to local football in the Dispatch district was sabotaged by snow last weekend.
Three of the big four clubs, Hucknall Town, Linby Colliery Welfare and Hucknall Rolls Leisure, were looking forward to home matches on Christmas Saturday, the day after Boxing Day.
For once, their Central Midlands League (CML), South Division fixtures did not clash with professional action involving Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Notts County and Mansfield Town. So they hoped to cash in on the interest of fans looking for somewhere to spend their sporting Saturday.
Sadly, heavy snow fell throughout the area on Friday night, and all three clubs woke up to pitches covered with the white stuff. With no time to clear the snow, and temperatures not rising much above freezing in any event, the inevitable decisions were made to postpone.
Town and Linby informed fans, via Twitter, that their games against Holbrook St Michael’s and Belper United respectively, had to be called off. Rolls’s eagerly-anticipated derby against Eastwood Community also fell foul of the weather.
The whole of the CML programme had to be scrapped, including Bulwell’s match at Clifton All Whites, also in the South Division, and Town Reserves’s game in the Reserves Premier Division. And it was the same story in the Notts Senior League, where Rolls Reserves and Linby Reserves were due to play.
A thaw is expected to take place on Thursday, and the weather forecast is more encouraging for this Saturday.