Welcome to Wales. It’s snowing. That’s what the Welsh says in the heading above. As I made my way through Staffordshire and across Shropshire, although the rain was heavy, there was no evidence of what lay ahead.
However, once I reached the border area between England and Wales it became clear that the latter had received a significant helping of the white stuff. As you can no doubt guess from the images above, the game at Park Hall between The New Saints FC and Carmarthen Town FC, was postponed.
This was MD14 in the JD Cymru Premier and it means that The New Saints is in fourth place at the close of play, following victories for both Bala Town and Connah’s Quay Nomads over the weekend.
However, with a game in hand, if that resulted in three points then TNS would be second and just one point off the top. It’s very close in the league at the moment, with the top six teams separated by as many points.
The postponed game got me thinking about other fixtures that have yielded to snow. Firstly, the match over weekend though was a complete surprise. I was on my usual A41 / M54 / A5 route when I had a telephone call from our Chief Operating Officer, Ian Williams, regarding the snow that had fallen at Park Hall.
Although I was driving in heavy rain, there was no evidence of the white stuff until I reached Whittington, and even then it was just a dusting. However, the snow fall had obviously focused on the stadium and surrounding area, as it became clear, as soon as I pulled into the car park at The Venue, why the game had been called off.
The Carmarthen Town squad had been equally caught out by the weather, as I believe they had made it as far as Newtown for their pre-match meal. Although a number of matches were also called off, others in our area still went ahead, so it really was a localised situation.
I remember the same happening a few seasons ago, also involving the Old Gold. On that occasion, they had reached Park Hall, only for the game to be called off due to frost, so not strictly snow.
White flakes were again the reason for another postponed game, this time against Rhyl, at the Belle Vue Stadium. That was always going to be the case, as heavy – and predicted – snow had fallen across north Wales, so there were no unnecessary journeys for that one.
One game that kicked off but never finished was our 2014 Boxing Day clash at home to Cefn Druids. There was no indication of what was to come at the start of play, but the match never got past the 63rd minute, when referee, Ashley Jones, made the decision that the weather would be the ultimate winner on the day.
The visitors had taken a shock lead, before Adrian Cieslewicz, Mike Wilde and Aeron Edwards put the reigning champions 3-1 ahead. The New Saints went on to win the rearranged game, so it was a case of all’s well that ends well.