THE weekend’s wintery conditions played havoc on local sport, with most matches across the region being cancelled.

Those games that did fall victim to the weather will be re-arranged for a later date.

Barnoldswick Town, who are in a battle to avoid relegation, had their trip to Congleton Town postponed, while Steeton and Silsden had their respective fixtures against Garstang and Hallam called off.

Moving on to rugby and Wharfedale’s trip to Sheffield couldn’t beat the weather, while Skipton and North Ribblesdale both had their respective matches fall victim to the terrible conditions.

Dale's visit to South Yorkshire has been rescheduled, with it being the first game to do so.

The First XV and Foresters' away ties in Sheffield will now take place on Saturday 8 April with a kick-off time of 3pm. Foresters' game against Sandal, which was scheduled to be played on the same date as the rearranged Sheffield fixture, will potentially be moved to April 1and the club will advise on this in due course.

However, there has been a lot of positivity at Wharfedale RUFC in recent days despite the sub-zero temperatures bringing a halt to competitive action.

Firstly, Harrogate Grammar 1st XV made it through to the National Schools U18s Bowl final, which was played on Tuesday (March 14) at Saracens’ StoneX Stadium against St Peter’s Gloucester.

Wharfedale Colts duo, William Beecroft and Isaac Light, both study at Harrogate Grammar School and the pair were integral in helping their team to reach the final, as they cruised to a 33-0 victory against St Marys Crosby in the semi-final.

In other news, Wharfedale President and former England player John Spencer had a weekend to remember, albeit at the cost of England losing 53-10 to an outstanding French side at Twickenham on Saturday.

Coincidentally, the French team were staying at the Lensbury Club Resort, where both Spencer and Amanda Spencer were staying.

Discussing their experience to the Wharfedale website, Amanda said: “John and I were invited by the French coach Fabien Galthie to join the French team in their exclusive team room for their jersey presentation.

“When we walked in, on the screen was a picture of John playing with David Duckham. That was very emotional to see. Fabien then introduced us to the players, quite a few we knew from the last BaaBaa’s match against England. He then unexpectedly asked John to say a few words and actually presented each player with his shirt.

“John was amazing at speaking French and a bit of English; they all applauded him. It was such an honour and an emotional experience, and it is something I want to share with you all at the club.”

Wharfedale and the rest of local sport will be hoping to return to some sort of normality again this weekend, with Dale welcoming Chester to The Avenue for another 3pm kick-off.