Non League football: Thaw's too late to save matches

The thaw is here but not before another near wipeout yesterday on the non-league football front.

York City's Blue Square Premier clash at Altrincham was postponed yesterday and the Minstermen have not completed a game since the 1-0 home defeat to Boston United on December 11.

City are now due back in action on New Year's Day at Gateshead when Simon Weaver's, right, Harrogate Town and Guiseley will also return to the field against each other at Nethermoor after their games were also cancelled yesterday in Blue Square North.

Town were due in action at Boston United yesterday while Guiseley were set to host Vauxhall Motors. Unsurprisingly, the wipeout continued down the non-league pyramid with no games possible yesterday in the EvoStik or NCE Leagues.

That was despite the efforts of FC Halifax Town and Bradford Park Avenue who pushed their fixtures against Ossett Town and Mickleover Sports respectively back by 24 hours from Monday in a bid to get them played.

It has been a similar tale in the NCE League where the last completed league game came on December 15 when Maltby Main defeated Selby Town 1-0.

There is a full programme of fixtures scheduled for both New Year's Day and next Bank Holiday Monday in the EvoStik League and while the next full NCE League programme is not until Saturday, January 8, teams have

been attempting to arrange fixtures for Monday.

And at least the prospects of play in the new year appear decent given the forecast, temperatures set to rise to five degrees Celsius over the next few days with the thermometer showing even two degrees at night.

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Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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