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It wasn’t the most successful evening in the football calendar last night as a host of non-league games were postponed due to the frosty January weather whilst two of our local teams crashed out of cup competitions with Nottingham Forest losing to Ipswich Town in the FA Youth Cup on penalties whilst Basford United Ladies were beaten by Chesterfield at Greenwich Avenue in the East Midlands Women’s Regional League Cup.

Basford United’s male side were supposed to play at high flying Nuneaton Borough in the Southern League Central Division on Tuesday night but that match was called off due to a frozen pitch.

In the Uhlsport United Counties League Hucknall Town’s first division match verses Grantham tonight has been postponed for the same reason, as was Newark & Sherwood’s all-Notts derby with Kimberley Miners Welfare in the Premier Division North last night.

A number of United Counties games suffering the same fate of white frosted pitches effecting the go ahead of Gedling Miners Welfare and Rainworth MW as well as Clifton’s trip to Holwell Sports and West Bridgford’s hosting of Dunkirk amongst others.

Getting the go ahead were last seasons finalists Nottingham Forest who faced Ipswich Town in the FA Youth Cup fourth round. The Reds went behind at Portman Road thanks to a Rio Morgan goal in the first half but levelled through Detlef Esapa Osong who struck shortly after the hour with a strike from twenty yards.

With the scores still locked at ninety and through extra time, the match went to a penalty shoot out with the Suffolk side seeing it through, Esapa Osong’s shot saved as Ipswich scored their first three, Reds keeper Bott then saved from Taylor as Forest netted two in a row but after Whitehall missed, it was up to Morgan to net the fifth which meant the Tractor Boys won 4-2 to reach round five.

Also out of the cup, Basford United Ladies were beaten 3-1 at home against Chesterfield.

The Ambers were 1-0 down inside fifteen minutes to a Williams strike but levelled a minute after half time through Katie Platts. The Spireites retaking the lead on 58 through Standen before Millie Jebb-Geer finished things off.

Tonight there’s matches in the Northern Counties East League where Ollerton Town will weather permitting travel to Handsworth in the NCEL League Cup Third Round whilst in the Central Midlands League Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup, Mansfield Hosiery Mills travel to Graham St Prims but please check ahead of the matches if you are thinking of travelling over to watch, the games both will be dependent on pitch inspections.

*Main image @TheHighwayMen_ Newark & Sherwood’s unplayable pitch at Collingham yesterday caught the cold.

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