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The cold snap has continued to hit sport in Britain with a number of events called off this weekend.

Weekend action suffers at the hands of the elements

The cold snap has continued to hit sport in Britain with a number of events called off this weekend. Heavy snow has proved disruptive all week and with the freezing temperatures set to continue there are football matches across the land that will not be able to go ahead. Blackpool's match against Manchester United became the first Premier League fixture to go when referee Peter Walton decided on Friday afternoon that the Bloomfield Road pitch would not have thawed in time. Doncaster's home game against Barnsley in the Championship will have to be rearranged for a later date because of a frozen pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium, while Sheffield United versus Reading is also off. Portsmouth's clash with Burnley at Fratton Park has also fallen victim to the adverse weather, along with Hull City's home game with leaders Queens Park Rangers, which is off due to safety reasons, along with Nottingham Forest's home clash with Bristol City. The League One contest between Hartlepool and Southampton has been postponed due to the surface at Victoria Road being unplayable, and the same fate has befallen Peterborough's match at Yeovil. Rochdale's game with Charlton Athletic was postponed on Friday morning and MK Dons' clash at home to Plymouth Argyle quickly followed suit, along with Walsall's fixture with Oldham Athletic and Leyton Orient's game at home to Carlisle United. Concerns over safety led to Brighton's home date with Colchester and Huddersfield's trip to Dagenham & Redbridge joining the list of postponements, while a frozen pitch saw Brentford's date with Notts County fall by the wayside. On Saturday morning, Bristol Rovers' home date with Bournemouth and Exeter's clash against Tranmere joined the list of postponements due to frozen pitches. Aldershot's clash with Bradford has fallen victim to the weather in League Two, along with Gillingham versus Rotherham and Southend against Macclesfield. Also in League Two, Port Vale's meeting with Stevenage and Crewe's game against Wycombe have failed to beat the elements, along with Torquay's scheduled meeting with Burton. On Friday morning, the games between Accrington Stanley and Shrewsbury Town, and Hereford United and Morecambe, were called off, as was Cheltenham's meeting with Lincoln and Bury's home date with Chesterfield. The whole of the SPL programme has already been called off this weekend with Scotland in a particularly icy grip. In rugby union the freezing temperatures and heavy snow have decimated Friday night's action in the Aviva Premiership and Magners League. The Premiership games between Sale and Gloucester, and Newcastle and Bath were called off due to the surrounding areas being deemed as unsafe. Leeds' clash with Northampton on Sunday has now gone the same way, despite the pitch at Headingley Carnegie being fit for action. Connacht's clash with Arioni, Glasgow against Treviso and Ulster versus the Dragons have all been called off due to frozen pitches. Racing has also been hit hard, with Saturday's cards at Sandown and Chepstow having been called off. Friday's meeting at Exeter has been switched to Sunday, but the meeting at Lingfield was frozen off. Monday's fixtures at Bangor and Musselburgh have already fallen foul of the weather, as has Sedgefield's plans to race on Tuesday. Even as far as Wednesday's action is being hit; Hexham have been forced to call off their card already, with no prospect of conditions improving.

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