With the pitch at the International Stadium already frozen and then two inches of snow falling this morning just adding to problems in the north-east, it was hardly a surprise that the ground has failed a Friday afternoon inspection – with the game being officially called OFF.
A local National League referee was asked to visit the stadium and after discussing his findings with both the match referee and officials at the National League offices, the decision was made to postpone the fixture.
The weather forecast is more promising for Saturday, but even then temperatures are only expected to rise from late morning onwards, which would not be quick enough to remove the frost from the surface, with any lying snow only melting and then flooding the pitch.
Wrexham supporters already in Newcastle for the weekend had reported their concerns at conditions, which were only echoed by local journalists.
The players were due to train at Middlesbrough on the way up to their overnight hotel, but they pulled over at Wetherby Services to await a decision and are now heading home.
Our thanks to the match and inspecting referees for their help today, both being very helpful in the circumstances, and also to the National League for assisting in allowing a decision to be made today, rather than waiting until the morning, when little was likely to alter. Also appreciate the help of Gateshead FC officials in organising inspections and saving supporters a wasted journey.
Once a new date for the fixture has been arranged, we will pass on the information.
Happily, the Racecourse has come through the latest bout of wintery weather in a decent condition and with an improvement in the forecasts ahead of our New Year's Day return with Barrow, we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday afternoon (3.00pm).