Lincoln City lost their first home fixture of the winter when the FA Cup replay v Hereford due to be played on Tuesday, was called off on Monday morning, to avoid inconveniencing Hereford United and their supporters and to save the cost of a wasted journey.

Little did this correspondent think that he would be reporting on the weather quite so much but the amount of snow falling on the City has been unprecedented, it has been snowing on and off for a week and when the temperatures relented a little on Saturday and then sank with a vengeance on Sunday and Monday it was clear, even to the uninitiated that there was no possibility of the pitch or the stadium being up to a match.

Manager Steve Tilson was, presumably a relieved man as, whilst any manager wants to see his team play, it has not been possible to prepare properly or indeed do any work with the players other than in the gym and, as reported in give me football on Friday, the Imps do not run to a covered training facility. Furthermore there are no big clubs within begging distance and even if there were the roads have not been good in Lincolnshire and facilities will be required by their owners.

Despite the fact that the thermometer was showing -7C this morning in Lincoln and no likelihood of a let up until Thursday the FA insisted on a qualified referee inspecting the pitch and local official Phil Joslin was asked to do the honours. He confirmed, as expected that the game was off.

Meanwhile Delroy Facey had concerns of an entirely different nature, he could not inspire Grenada to a win over Jamaica in the semi finals of the Caribbean Cup and saw his team lose 1-0 to Cuba in the play off to finish in fourth place. Facey played 71 minutes of that game and will now return to icy England. For the record Jamaica triumphed over Guadaloupe in the final, after penalties.

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