With the Carmarthen Town game postponed due to the weather, it got me thinking about other fixtures that have yielded to snow. Firstly, the game last 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 made it to Park Hall, only for the game to be called off due to frost, so not strictly snow.
White flakes were again the reason for a postponed game, 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.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS FC blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE