Big freeze could decimate Northern Counties East League programme
THE area's Northern Counties East League teams are preparing for a weekend off thanks to the wintry conditions.
Grimsby Borough, Cleethorpes Town and Louth Town are scheduled to continue their Division One campaigns tomorrow.
However, the east of England's cold snap seems to have put paid to any chance of action – and the local bosses are resigned to postponements.
Andy Liddle's Clee are due to host second-placed Albion Sports at Bradley Community Stadium.
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Sitting two points behind their visitors, in fourth, the Owls can leapfrog Albion with a win if they get the green light.
"Tomorrow's game is looking very unlikely at the moment," Liddle said.
"A lot of the games in our division have been off this week and I wouldn't think this weekend will be any different. I wouldn't be surprised if there is no football at all in the league.
"That's frustrating, but at this time of the year you expect one or two weeks off. We've done reasonably well to get our games in.
"Although we might not play tomorrow, we won't fall too far behind if some of the other games do go ahead.
"Unfortunately, it gives us a few more games to fit in before the end of the season, but that's part and parcel of the game at any standard.
"The positive for me is that if the game is off, Albion Sports will have to come back here midweek.
"So it will be them travelling to us, in contrast to us travelling to them on a Wednesday night like earlier in the season."
Nigel Fanthorpe and Steve Newby's Borough are supposed to go head-to-head with Dinnington Town in Yorkshire.
The Wilderness Boys are currently 12th in the table, while their hosts are four places lower.
"It's going to be snowy and frosty, and I can't see our game down in the Sheffield area going ahead," commented Fanthorpe.
"Fingers-crossed, you never know, but it's an awful pitch down there and I can't see it happening.
"A lot of the games are probably off already, but they can't say anything until tomorrow morning because of the league rules and regulations.
"Everybody is coming back for us now and one or two injuries are clearing up, but we haven't been able to train this week and it's in the back of your mind that it's going to be postponed.
"We're at Eccleshill United next week and that could be dodgy as well. Then, Hallam is right on the edge of the Peak District and there's more snow to come. It's frozen everywhere so it will take a bit of thawing."
Daryl Clare's Louth Town, who are ninth, will host Selby Town at Park Avenue if their game beats the weather and goes ahead.