Snow joke as weekend sport is decimated
THE local sporting scene fell foul to the weather at the weekend when heavy snow and icy conditions caused the postponement of nearly every scheduled match.
The Sussex County League football programme was the first to go, with the league calling off every Saturday game under their jurisdiction on Thursday morning. Lancing’s home FA Vase game with Witham Town followed on Friday and just one third-round tie in the country went ahead on Saturday – at Bedfordshire side, Stotfold.
Worthing’s Ryman League Division 1 South clash with Chatham Town at Woodside Road was also called off on Friday and the only game in the division to survive took place at Ramsgate, who beat Eastbourne Town 3-1.
The West Sussex and Worthing leagues also had their whole programmes postponed.
Worthing Raiders Rugby Club cancelled all weekend matches and training at their Roundstone Lane ground on Friday, which saw their National 2 South clash with bottom-of-the-table Newbury Blues another victim of the weather.
Worthing Thunder Basketball Club postponed their home Saturday BBL match with Milton Keynes on Friday afternoon, owing to safety fears for spectators and the MK team making their way to the game.
Saturday’s hockey scene was also heavily decimated, although Southwick did get their Sussex Area Division 1 clash with Brighton & Hove 3rd to go ahead and won 3-1.
The Sunday football programme was also cancelled – apart from two matches in the Sussex Sunday League.
But Thunder’s match at Plymouth Raiders in the BBL did go ahead, although the Sky-televised game ended in their heaviest defeat of the season, 112-77.
Two Sussex Senior Cup football games were played on Tuesday evening but the County and Ryman leagues were frozen off, including Worthing’s match at Walton & Hersham.