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EVEN Shortwood United secretary and groundsman Mark Webb admitted that despite all his efforts he was beaten by the wintry elements last week as the FA Vase match between The Woods and Ashington literally went on ice.

“We had a good fall of snow during the night in the early hours of Friday morning and it led to treacherous conditions,” he said.

“I rang Steve Clark, the competitions secretary at the FA, and told him there was no way the game could go ahead.

“Apart from the snow, we had a forecast of temperatures plummeting to minus eight degrees on the Friday night.

“In the end we were beaten by the weather.

“I have checked the forecast for this week and I’m 100 per cent sure the tie will go ahead.

“It is going to be a warm week with no frost so I cannot see a problem.”

Ashington football secretary Gavin Perry said: “Mark and myself discussed the situation and the match off verdict was a formality.”

Meanwhile, if Saturday’s match does not go ahead or if a replay is required, it will take place on Saturday, February 25, at 3pm.

All three main officials for Saturday are from the Somerset area including referee Paul Rees from Bridgewater with the fourth assistant from Bristol.