Non-League games wiped out after pain of the rain

Keep rolling: A ball is stuck in the mud at Dinnington Town v Knaresborough Town, cancelled due to waterlogged pitch.        Picture: mark fear
Keep rolling: A ball is stuck in the mud at Dinnington Town v Knaresborough Town, cancelled due to waterlogged pitch. Picture: mark fear
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With many grounds already saturated following the recent wet spell, heavy rain on Saturday morning proved too much - resulting in the pre-Christmas Non-League fixtures being decimated.

All the scheduled Evo-Stik Premier Division games were wiped out, while in Division One North & South combined just the matches at Lancaster City, Mossley and Lincoln United survived.

The Baris NCEL fared no better with just games at Scarborough Athletic and Louth Town surviving.

And while Parkgate had an early inspection to save NCEL Premier Division leaders Bridlington Town an unnecessary journey, the same couldn’t be said of Sheffield FC’s opponents, promotion rivals Kings Lynn Town.

The match was postponed less than an hour before kick-off and with the Sheffield team along with a large band of supporters already at the Walks Stadium, it meant a wasted round trip of more the six hours.

Many disgruntled supporters turned to Twitter to air their disappointment at the late decision.

One posted: “Must have known there was an issue. Why no pitch inspection before we have to set off?”

While another remarked: “Finally home - six and half hours of the last weekend before Christmas travelling to Norfolk for no good reason.”

Sheffield’s striker Vill Powell commented: “Absolute joke, the league should have to pay out travel expenses.”

And team-mate Matt Roney added: “Left the house at 9.30am and just got back in at 6.30pm all for nothing!! Cheers.”

The one game that did go ahead to feature one of the regions teams came in the Baris NCEL Premier Division, where Maltby Main suffered only their second defeat in the last nine league outings losing 4-0 at Scarborough Athletic.

Toms Adams gave the hosts a fifth minute lead, smashing the ball home from a corner.

Maltby, though, were unlucky to be a goal behind at the break with Brian Cusworth hitting the underside of the crossbar, then being denied by fine save from the Scarborough ‘keeper.

But the home side doubled their lead 10 minutes after the break when Tony Hackworth tapped home from close range.

Seven minutes later Ryan Blott added a third via the post before grabbing his second, and Scarborough’s fourth, in the final minute to send the hosts to the top of the table, a point clear of arch rivals Bridlington.

Boxing Day, Evo-Stik NPL: Premier Division. Buxton v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Frickley Athletic v North Ferriby United, Rushall Olympic v Matlock Town, Worksop Town v Grantham Town. Division One: Sheffield FC v Belper Town.

Baris Northern Counties East League, Premier Division:

Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Armthorpe Welfare, Maltby Main v Parkgate (11am), Retford United v Worksop Parramore, Staveley MW v Heanor Town.

Division One: Askern Villa v Rossington Main (12pm), Hallam v Dinnington Town, Hemsworth MW v AFC Emley (1pm), Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Athersley Recreation (12pm).