Arlesey match abandoned, Stotfold and Langford off

Waterlogged pitches.
Waterlogged pitches.

Arlesey Town’s Southern League Division One Central clash with AFC Rushden & Diamonds was abandoned at half-time on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at the Dog & Duck.

The match only went ahead following two morning inspections but heavy rain arrived during the first half and made the pitch unplayable for the second period with the score goalless.

Diamonds started well with Tom Lorraine shooting just wide from a tight angle before Tommy Berwick was also off target with a volley.

Lewis Leslie forced Arlesey goalkeeper Nick Thompson into his first save but the visitors went close themselves when they hit the post before half-time.

But as the rain came down the pitch became unplayable and the referee abandoned the match shortly after the players had returned from the dressing-rooms.

Stotfold’s SSML Premier Division clash at home to Cockfosters on Saturday was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at Roker Park while Langford’s SSML Division One fixture at bottom side Arlesey Town Reserves also fell victim to the wet weather.

On Saturday Arlesey Town return to league action with a home fixture against struggling Hanwell Town.

Meanwhile Stotfold host Bedford in the SSML Premier on Saturday and Langford travel to the side directly below them in the Division One table, Codicote. The Reds then visit Harpenden Town, also in the league, on Tuesday, January 12.

Arlesey Town Reserves will be looking to a better start to 2016 when they visit Buckingham Athletic on Saturday.