Football suffers whiteout woe

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NOT a single match involving teams from the Dispatch district has been played in the last week as a result of snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures.

TREBLE-chasing BULWELL were the big losers when domestic football in the Dispatch district was wiped out.

In the first major weather-disruption of the season, not a ball was kicked in dozens of senior, youth and female matches over the two days.

Saturday’s schedule was decimated by ice after several severe overnight-frosts, while Sunday’s programme fell victim to heavy snow.

For most clubs, postponements meant little more than an inconvenience. But for frustrated Bulwell, it could damage their chase for honours on three fronts.

The Bulls are enjoying such a fine first season under new managers Steve Osborne and Terry Witts that they are eyeing not only the Notts Senior League (NSL), Senior Division title but also the league’s Senior Cup and the Notts FA Intermediate County Cup.

But because of the weather, the Christmas and New Year break and a quirk in the fixture list, they now face a huge backlog of matches.

Amazingly, Bulwell have played just once since Saturday December 17 and not a single league match since Wednesday December 14.

They were due to tackle divisional rivals Awsworth Villa in the quarter-finals of the county cup. Because that was off, it must now take place on Saturday (February 11).

The following week they are involved in the quarter-finals of the league cup — at home to local-derby rivals, HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE.

So by the time they return to league action, also against Rolls on Saturday February 25, they will have gone TEN WEEKS without a taste of NSL action.

Bulwell currently sit second in the table, 12 points behind unbeaten leaders FC Cavaliers with four games in hand.

They have 14 league matches to play and if they reach the finals of the two cup competitions, that adds up to 20 fixtures to squeeze in between now and early May (approximately 12 weeks).

The highest-profile casualty of the big freeze-up was this week’s Third Round (last 16) of the Notts FA Senior County Cup.

HUCKNALL TOWN’S clash at home to Gedling Miners Welfare, of the East Midland Counties League, was postponed on Tuesday night. Officials were hoping to re-stage it for next Tuesday (February 14).

Town’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South contest last Saturday away to promotion-chasing rivals Stamford was also called off.

The game represented an eagerly-awaited reunion with former manager Tommy Brookbanks, who now manages the Lincolnshire club.

But Yellows officials got the call last Saturday morning that the Kettering Road pitch had failed an inspection because of frost.

Not one of the day’s Evo-Stik, Division One South games survived the weather.