WEATHER UPDATE: Snow and ice sees rugby and football programme decimated

This is the sort of scene that has led to football and rugby matches in West Sussex being called off.

Friday, 2nd March 2018, 9:11 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:56 am
Pagham's pitch under snow / Picture by Roger Smith
Pagham's pitch under snow / Picture by Roger Smith

The picture - taken by Roger Smith - shows Pagham's Nyetimber Lane pitch under a significant amount of snow. And with a frozen ground beneath it, it meant it was not a difficult decision to call off Saturday's SCFL premier division clash with Broadbridge Heath.

Bognor's National League South game against St Albans went the same way. Rocks secretary Simon Cook said on Friday lunchtime: "We have agreed this morning with St Albans City to postpone tomorrow’s National League South match. The pitch is badly frozen and the terracing and approaches to the ground would also be unsafe for spectators. We are also conscious of the difficult travelling conditions for St Albans and their supporters.

"Both clubs are exploring new dates and we will advise as soon as a new date is agreed."

Southern Combination League matches involving, Chichester City, Sidlesham and Bosham were also among those called off, with many expecting the whole programme to go. It was the same story in the West Sussex League.

Rugby was also hit, with Bognor calling off their Hampshire League division-one clash with Ventnor on Friday, and Chichester's visit to London Cornish in London one south going the same way.

The best hope for some sports teams due to play fixtures on Sunday is that temperatures will rise between now and then, allowing them to see action.