DESPITE strenuous efforts to try and get the game played, Chester City's lunchtime Coca-Cola League Two match against Hereford United fell victim to the weather on Saturday.
City had forked out £10,000 last week to purchase covers for the Deva Stadium pitch, and an army of volunteer supporters assisted the ground staff from dawn to lift the tarpaulin covers and clear overnight snow, but the rapid morning thaw meant that the pitch became waterlogged.
Match referee Lee Probert made two inspections, and at one point agreed to move the scheduled noon kick-off to 1pm, but at around 10.30am he decided that there was little chance of the playing surface improving and called the game off.
The game will now probably be arranged for a midweek date in mid-April.
City secretary Tony Allan said: "It's a shame that the game was postponed, because the ground staff had been here since 6.30am and of course we invested a lot of money for pitch coverings as well, but unfortunately the weather has conspired to defeat us."
However, the weekend postponement gives Chester's management team extra time to get four of their regulars back to full fitness, in time for next Sunday's eagerly awaited derby match against Wrexham at the Racecourse.
Defenders Ashley Westwood, Simon Marples and Kevin Sandwith, plus midfield player Lawrence Wilson would all have missed the weekend clash against Hereford, but at least three of them could be back in contention for places in next Sunday's squad.
Wrexham, who haven't recorded a victory in their last six league outings and are currently next to bottom of League Two, appear to have a goalkeeping concern as they prepare for the match.
First team regular Mike Ingham, who has turned in some disappointing performances of late, was dropped for Saturday's visit to Peterborough United, but John Ruddy, who is on loan at the Racecourse from Everton, was guilty of two crucial mistakes during the 3-0 reversal at London Road over the weekend.
The victory was the first for the new manager of Posh Darren Ferguson, who was surprisingly overlooked by the Wrexham directors following the dismissal of Dennis Smith last month.
Chester's youngsters also suffered a postponement at the weekend, when their FA Youth Alliance fixture against Tranmere Rovers was cancelled because of a frozen pitch.