OFFICIALS of Chester City and Torquay United have moved quickly to re-arrange the Coca Cola League Two clash between the clubs, which fell victim to the arctic conditions on Saturday.
The game will now be played at the Deva Stadium tomorrow night (kick off 7.45pm), after City's secretary Tony Allen held telephone discussions with his Torquay counterpart.
Saturday's match was called off following an 8.30am inspection by match official Mr Keith Hill.
The Hertfordshire referee explained his decision following the cancellation: "There was ice beneath the overnight snow and I postponed the match because my main concern was obviously for the safety of the players."
A local referee had decided the Deva Stadium pitch was playable when he inspected on Friday afternoon, but the overnight temperatures of minus 5 degrees and a fresh covering of snow, had left the ground hard and unplayable.
Hill added: "They obviously worked hard on the pitch on Friday, but the overnight weather I'm afraid made my decision inevitable. We will just have to try again on Tuesday."
City manager Mark Wright was naturally disappointed by the postponement, but totally in agreement with the decision: "Naturally it's disappointing for everybody concerned when a game is called off, but the referee was absolutely correct when he stated that player safety must always be his prime concern.
"We will now utilise the delay to go over our shape and preparations again on Monday, in readiness for Tuesday night. This is an extremely important match for us, that is probably best described as a mustn't lose game."
None of the teams in the relegation dog-fight in League Two who did beat the weather on Saturday took full advantage.
Stockport County, currently 22nd in the table, lost 2-0 at Peterborough United, with Ryan Semple - a loan target for City last week - registering the second goal for Posh.
Fellow-strugglers Barnet and Rushden & Diamonds only recorded home draws, from matches against Wrexham and Grimsby Town respectively.
Meanwhile, two of the Chester players whose names were circularised to other clubs last week are creating interest from other League Two outfits.
Midfield player Craig Dove could be poised to join Darlington, while striker Marcus Richardson is reportedly interesting Grimsby Town.
In other developments Conference North club Droylsden have made an enquiry for two of the other transfer listed players.