Motherwell clash falls victim to weather

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The big freeze claimed its seventh Clydesdale Bank Premier League game when Motherwell's match against Hamilton was called off after pipes burst at Fir Park.

The fixture became the highest-profile casualty as the cold snap continued to take its toll on the weekend's sporting programme.

The Lanarkshire derby was postponed due to safety reasons when pipes burst in two stands, causing major concerns.

Accies have now seen three of their last four games called off and face a major backlog.

There was no new year change in fortune for Coca-Cola League Two basement boys Darlington as their match against Port Vale, scheduled for Saturday, was called off.

The Quakers, who are 14 points adrift of safety, have not played a match since December 12.

Five of Friday's Blue Square Premier contests - Chester v Kidderminster, Altrincham v Wrexham, Tamworth v Kettering, Rushden v Oxford and Salisbury v Histon - also fell victim to frozen pitches, while the Scottish Football League programme has again been affected.

Only Airdrie Utd v Dundee - which has been switched to Dens Park - and Dunfermline v Raith in the Irn-Bru First Division and Berwick v Livingston and Queen's Park v Albion in the Third Division were still on in the afternoon.

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