FROZEN pitches resulted in sporting fixtures in Herefordshire and further afield being postponed on Saturday.

Hereford’s match at Spennymoor Town was postponed after the team and supporters had already started their trip to the North East.

A statement from Spennymoor said: “The club made every effort to protect the playing surface from the elements, including laying full covers across the entire pitch on Thursday.

“However, temperatures overnight plummeted further, and it has been enough to penetrate that protective cover and render some areas of the surface unplayable.

“A team of volunteers arrived at just after 7am on Saturday to assist Club staff as work continued to try and save the fixture, but unfortunately a 10am pitch inspection resulted in its postponement.

“We will bring you details about a rearranged date for the game as soon as they are confirmed with all purchased tickets remaining valid.”

Hereford Racecourse had to abandon their popular Christmas Jumper Raceday.

“Temperatures dipped to -6C at day break with shaded parts of the track frozen and insufficient time or temperatures to recover,” said Hereford Racecourse in a statement.

Hereford Pegasus and Hereford Lads Club were both able to fulfil their home fixtures on their 3G pitches.

Luctonians’ match at Clifton also beat the weather although Hereford had to abandon their match at Wyeside.