Winter of discontent continues for sports calendar in the Vale

Life's a pitch when the wintry weather disrupts the sporting calendar
Life's a pitch when the wintry weather disrupts the sporting calendar

Aylesbury Rugby Club were one of the only teams to actually take to the field of play at the weekend as the unseasonable wintry weather tightened its icy grip on the sporting calendar.

Dave Larham’s gutsy players really put the team into teamwork when they all got down to the club early to clear the pitch of snow while sporting visitors Slough, who are bottom of the league, refused to use the weather as an easy excuse and agreed to travel and play despite the conditions.

The home side ran out comfortable 34-10 winners (p119). Elsewhere, Aylesbury United’s match at Hanwell was off, as was Aylesbury FC’s game against Barton Rovers.

The Ducks were due to play in the Premier Division cup semi-final vs Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night.

More than 1,500 local footballers were left twiddling their thumbs as the ADL was completed wiped out while the popular annual Easter Kimble Races – which attract thousands – were cancelled on Tuesday.

Weather permitting the first local football cup final will be played on Friday morning at Tring Athletic’s Grassroots Stadium where Oakley take on ADL side FC Spandits in the Thomas Field Shield.

The historic Oving Village Cup final, which is traditionally played every Easter Monday, is also a victim of the weather this season, with the wintry chills and rain meaning the competition’s semi-final matches are still yet to be played.

Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United are both scheduled to play over the bank holiday while Aylesbury Rugby Club have a weekend off.