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Welsh festive sporting fixtures disrupted by big freeze

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The Rodney Parade pitch has failed a Boxing Day pitch inspection

Wrexham's Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Barrow on Tuesday is the latest game to be postponed as the big freeze continues to disrupt with Welsh sport.

A referee deems the Holker Street pitch unplayable as Wrexham have not played since 11 February after their Boxing Day game with Altrincham was off.

The two Welsh Magners League derbies were postponed as the 27 December match between Dragons v Blues was frozen off.

And the Ospreys v Scarlets Boxing Day clash was delayed for 24 hours.

Frozen pipes at the Liberty Stadium meant that the sell-out west Wales derby against the Scarlets was postponed until Monday.

Newport County's Boxing Day Conference visit to Bath was off but now Dean Holdsworth's men will travel to Kidderminster on 28 December after a Tuesday morning pitch inspection.

Monday's Welsh National meet at Chepstow has been delayed to 8 January.

And Ffos Las Racecourse officials are confident they will bring jump racing out of the deep freeze on Tuesday.

Overnight rain on Boxing Day has helped to melt almost all of the remaining snow on top of protective frost covers.

With temperatures forecast to be no lower than four degrees centigrade on Monday night and rising to seven centigrade on Tuesday, the Carmarthenshire course is confident that Tuesday's card will go-ahead.

"It's been a good night for us," said clerk of the Ffos Las course Tim Long.

"A smattering of snow remains on top of the covers, but that will disappear today.

"The ground is fine underneath the covers which will be removed by a team of 30 tomorrow morning.

"We're set to race, and at this stage I have no reason even to call a precautionary inspection."


Sunday, 26 December

Magners League
Ospreys v Scarlets (being played on 27 December)

Blue Square Bet Premier
Wrexham v Altrincham
Bath City v Newport County

Welsh Premier
Airbus v Bala Town
Haverfordwest v Aberystwyth
Llanelli v Carmarthen
Neath v Port Talbot
Newtown v TNS

Welsh Premiership
Cross Keys v Newport

Monday, 27 December

Magners League
Newport Gwent Dragons v Cardiff Blues

Horse Racing
Welsh National at Chepstow delayed until 8 January

Welsh Premier
Bangor v Prestatyn Town (rescheduled to Wednesday, 29 December)

Welsh Premiership
Bedwas v Pontypridd
Aberavon v Neath
Glamorgan Wanderers v Cardiff
Pontypool v Tonmawr

Evo-Stick Premier Division
Nantwich Town v Colwyn Bay

Tuesday, 28 December

Blue Square Bet Premier
Barrow v Wrexham

see also
Snow problems continue for sport
28 Dec 10 |  Sport Homepage
Barrow P-P Wrexham
27 Dec 10 |  Non League
Ospreys 60-17 Scarlets
27 Dec 10 |  Welsh
Bath City P-P Newport County
26 Dec 10 |  Non League
Wrexham P-P Altrincham
26 Dec 10 |  Non League
NG Dragons P-P Cardiff Blues
26 Dec 10 |  Welsh
Welsh National delayed by snow
23 Dec 10 |  Horse Racing
More disruption to Scots football
22 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Big freeze disrupting Welsh sport
18 Dec 10 |  Wales
Welsh Premier
22 Jan 08 |  Welsh
Welsh Premiership
11 Apr 07 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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