Local football and rugby hit by the weather again

The local sporting programme looks certain to be all but wiped out by the wintry weather for the second weekend running.

A combination of plunging overnight temperatures and lying snow is expected to be a lethal combination, with football, rugby union and hockey all expected to suffer.

A number of fixtures were called off on Friday, with more expected to follow as the icy blast maintains its grip on the Eastern Counties.

One of the first games to go was Lowestoft Town's scheduled home fixture against Kingstonian.

The Trawlerboys called off the Ryman League Premier Division game on Friday lunchtime – not long after the Ridgeons League announced that all Premier Division and Division One matches had been called off.

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King's Lynn's United Counties League fixture at Irchester was also postponed early, as was Cromer Town's match with Loddon United in the Premier Division of the Anglian Combination. The vast majority of Combination fixtures are expected to go the same way – along with games in other local leagues – and it is likely to be a similar story with Sunday football, with the Norfolk Youth Combination reporting a significant number of postponements yesterday.

Only one rugby fixture went ahead last Saturday and it is likely to be a similar story this weekend.

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North Walsham made an early decision on their re-arranged home match with Letchworth Garden City in London 1N. With the pitch frozen under a layer of snow a local referee made the inevitable decision, with the fixture now scheduled for Saturday, February 25,

The match between Diss and Chingford – also re-arranged from last week – went the same way while another early postponement came in London 3NE, with Harlow calling off their home fixture with leaders Holt for the second successive weekend.

Hockey is also expected to suffer, although there's always a chance that some fixtures on synthetic pitches will go ahead.

As is always the case when bad weather is around players and officials are advised to check if their fixture is on before travelling.

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