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More matches postponed due to impact of storm leaving grounds wrecked

A roof has been blown off one non league club’s main stand and into vehicles as Storm Eunice postpones weekend’s matches.

Police have had to cordon off Nyetimber Lane in Pagham with the structure appearing to have blown over the ground’s fence and crashed into a parked van and car.

It comes as millions of UK citizens have been told to stay at home as one of the worst storms in decades, Storm Eunice, causes havoc.

Rare red weather warnings have been issued – meaning there is a danger to life with flying debris and trees falling due to the gusty winds.

The Met Office have mainly issued red areas to much of southern and eastern England, and south Wales.

High winds have led to power cuts, flights cancelled, hundreds of schools shut, and a number of major bridges around the country closed.

High winds have led to:

– Hundreds of school closures in much of Wales and affected areas of England, including in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Bristol

– The closure of the two Severn bridges between England and Wales, the Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and mainland Wales, the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk, and the QEII Bridge in Dartford

– The Humber Bridge, near Hull, has also had to close for only the fourth time in 40 years

– More than 200 delays or cancellations of flights into Heathrow and Gatwick

– Train cancellations and speed limits imposed on much of the network

– Fallen trees blocking multiple train lines and roads

The first EFL and National League matches to be called of was Saturday’s League Two game between Exeter City and Barrow while Dover’s trip to Halifax.

Exeter called off their home game with Barrow because of safety concerns over part of their St James Park ground.

The Grecians said there was no opportunity to check for damage caused by the persistent high winds.

Halifax against Dover was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Exeter said the decision to call the game off more than 24 hours in advance of kick-off was because of “concerns over the integrity of the Big Bank structure”.

“We will always take everyone’s safety seriously, and therefore while this is a difficult decision, we do not have a sufficient window of opportunity to inspect the high level structure to confirm if any lasting damage has been done by the persistent high winds,” read a statement on the club website.

“We have tried to ensure that this decision has been made early for everyone’s benefit including Barrow who would be travelling down today.

“All options to inspect the necessary connections at high level of the Big Bank are not possible during high winds, which are expected to continue until the scheduled kick-off tomorrow.”

Halifax’s game with Dover was postponed following a pitch inspection at The Shay on Friday morning. The game will now be played on the 12th of March.

It comes three days after Dover’s rearranged home game against Notts County was also called off, having initially been postponed in January.

AFC Bournemouth’s game against Nottingham Forest on Friday night has been postponed.

Forest are said to be furious after travelling down on Thursday night, and wanted a decision by no earlier than the following morning.

Bournemouth said: “Structural engineers have carried out an inspection of the stadium and have confirmed that the damage could pose a significant risk to supporters’ safety.

“The ongoing impact of the storm means the damage cannot be repaired in time either to fulfil the fixture on Friday, or at a re-arranged time on Saturday.

“The postponement was recommended by the club’s Safety Advisory Group.”

Southend United have seen their match against Grimsby Town postponed due to significant deterioration of the Roots Hall stadium between 2pm and 4pm.

Grimsby say: “As stated earlier this morning, we have continued to push all day for an early decision on behalf of travelling supporters.

“We share our supporters’ frustrations and wish our supporters who have made the journey down to Southend a very safe journey home in difficult travel conditions.”

Yeovil Town postponed their game against Dagenham & Redbridge shortly after this announcement based on fear of safety.


Snow and rain has also fallen in parts of the country leading to a number of games called off, including the likes of Blackburn v Millwall, Fleetwood v Lincoln, Crewe v Portsmouth, Shrewsbury v Morecambe, Harrogate v Leyton Orient and Salford v Crawley while pitches after being cleared at Preston and Bolton.

Aidan McGivern of the Met Office said: “Unfortunately, yet more wet and windy weather is expected this weekend, but not on the same scale as Storm Eunice.

“Further showers come into Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, those falling as rain and sleet at lower levels, snow over the hills.

“And with temperatures dropping away, with lighter winds, with clearer spells there is a risk of a few icy patches.”

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Kingstonian v Bowers & Pitsea
Hanwell Town v Thatcham Town
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In the latest travel disruption due to Storm Eunice this afternoon, Network Rail has confirmed that no more trains will arrive or depart from London Euston on Friday.

A statement said: “All lines are suspended affecting services between Euston and Milton Keynes until further notice.

“The message to passengers is ‘DO NOT TRAVEL’ today as the railway network is being battered by gale force winds.

“Rapid response teams are clearing fallen trees and debris which are blocking lines in multiple locations on the West Coast main line.”

Earlier, Network Rail told the BBC it was likely all train services would be cancelled at London’s main stations as the worst of Storm Eunice passes through the capital.

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