One game out of three in change to weekend plans

The snow-covered Sir Halley Stewart Field on Sunday
The snow-covered Sir Halley Stewart Field on Sunday
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Sports editor Mark Lea’s column

Normally the nation’s odd obsession with the weather does not even interest me.

I don’t watch ‘forecasts’ and snow at the end of December does not seem to be newsworthy, apart from a bit of disruption.

However, the weekend plans all changed when football fixtures were called off due to the wintry weather.

Three games in just over 48 hours looked like the perfect way to mark the festive period.

I had a couple of days off for Christmas and went back to work at Carter’s Park on Boxing Day.

Although this certainly wasn’t a classic, Holbeach United showed signs of why they are going to push AFC Rushden & Diamonds all the way in the UCL Premier Division championship race.

There wasn’t much in terms of entertainment but I went home feeling happy and looking forward to two more games.

Then it started to snow, although I didn’t actually see any in Boston.

It wasn’t a huge surprise when the games involving Deeping Rangers, Bourne Town and Spalding United were postponed. But it was disappointing to change my schedule.

Admittedly before this column was written I did check the forecast for the rest of this week because I want to know whether I’ll be watching matches on Thursday and Saturday.

Fingers crossed that the Sir Halley Stewart Field is snow-free on New Year’s Day and ready to stage the Tulips’ game with Carlton Town.

And then we’re certainly hoping to get plenty of action over the weekend, weather permitting.

There is so much to play for – particularly as the Tulips and Tigers push for promotion in the second half of the season.

Even when summer arrives, I’ll have to keep checking the weather and hope the rain stays away for our cricket clubs.