Bad weather scuppers football fixtures
PLAYERS, officials and spectators are advised that amateur league football matches cannot go-ahead this weekend because council pitches have been affected by adverse weather.
Sunderland City Council staff have been inspecting ground conditions at playing fields across the city through yesterday and today.
They do not expect pitches to thaw out in time for games. Further freezing weather conditions are also forecast for this weekend.
Councillor Mel Speding, the council’s Cabinet Secretary, is also a divisional representative with the Durham County Football Association Limited and Chairs the County Youth Committee.
He said: “The cold snap that arrived earlier this week has not eased, and is expected to continue into the weekend.
“We continue to work hard at maintaining pitches in difficult financial circumstances.
“However, playing on many of the pitches this weekend isn’t going to be possible in their current condition. We’re advising now that surfaces are simply just not playable”
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Weather for Sunderland
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 9 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: North east
Temperature: 9 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North