HOLBROOK Sports suffered the frustration of having the biggest game in the club’s history postponed for a week.
The Brookies saw last Saturday’s FA Vase fourth round home tie against Sussex-based Lancing called off on Friday due to a frozen pitch.
With the temperature in Holbrook never getting above freezing, the decision was made to call in a level three referee and have a late afternoon pitch inspection.
The pitch was found to be totally frozen solid, and with the weather overnight not predicted to improve, and with Lancing set to travel up from Brighton at 8am on Saturday, the decision was made to call off the match. The game has now been rearranged for this Saturday, January 29.
It was a second postponed game at Holbrook’s O-kra ground in four days with last Wednesday’s League Cup home clash with Heanor Town ruled out by problems with the Shaw Lane floodlights. The Heanor game will now be on Wednesday, February 9 with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Only one other game was called off in the FA Vase last weekend and that was also in Derbyshire with the tie between Gresley and St Neots also falling to the elements.
Holbrook and Lancing now go into this Saturday’s crunch Vase tie in the knowledge that the winners will be away at Leicestershire-based Midlands Alliance side Coalville Town in the last eight on Saturday, February 12.
An indicator as to how difficult that game would be is the fact that last season’s East Midlands Counties League champions Dunkirk are eighth in the Midland Football Alliance table. Coalville are currently second, one points behind leaders Loughborough University but with five games in hand.
The full FA Vase fifth round draw is: Whitley Bay v Dunstable Town, Coalville Town v Holbrook Sports or Lancing, Torpoint Athletic v Billingham Synthonia, Poole Town v Spennymoor Town, Leverstock v Green Rye United, Leiston v Long Buckby, King’s Lynn Town v Gresley or St Neots Town, Stansted v Dunston UTS.