Snow and freezing weather disrupt sporting programme across UK

Snow-covered Priestfield Stadium pitch forces Gillingham v Rotherham to be abandoned
Gillingham were scheduled to host Rotherham at Priestfield in League One on Saturday

Snow and freezing weather is causing disruption to sporting fixtures scheduled for the coming days.

Thursday's Super League game and three more on Friday were postponed, with most of the UK under weather warnings for snow and ice until Saturday.

Saturday's Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Hamilton is off, as is Sheffield United against Burton Albion in the Championship.

Friday's Pro14 games at Cardiff Blues, Edinburgh and Ulster are also off.

Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs' top-of-the-table Premiership match against Saracens has been put back 24 hours to Sunday (15:00 GMT).

Thursday's Premier League Darts in Exeter was cancelled because of a red severe weather warning in place for snow in Devon.

And all jump racing meetings across Britain have been abandoned until Sunday at the earliest.

The Scottish Ski & Boarder Cross Championships, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, have been cancelled after heavy snow caused roads to be closed around the Glenshee Ski Centre, in the Cairngorms National Park.

Several English Football League clubs decided to hold pitch inspections on Thursday, with Gillingham against Rotherham, Oxford's home game with Fleetwood and Bradford against Portsmouth in League One all succumbing to the weather.

Newport v Accrington in League Two is also off, but the number of postponements is likely to grow with many clubs planning to carry out inspections on Friday.

The Scottish Championship fixtures between Dundee United and St Mirren and Dunfermline and Livingston are both postponed and the lower leagues in Scotland have been badly hit.

But officials are hopeful that the majority of the Scottish Cup sixth round ties will go ahead as planned.

"There are no pitch inspections scheduled at this stage, but we are in close contact with all clubs, police and local authorities to review all matches on a case-by-case basis," said a Scottish FA spokesman.

"As always, the safety of supporters, players and staff is our top priority."

The National League programme in England has been seriously affected with matches at Boreham Wood, Chester, Ebbsfleet, Guiseley, Halifax, Tranmere and Maidenhead on Saturday all off.

Southend United snow help
Some clubs are asking for supporters to help clear snow from pitches

Postponed sporting events

Thursday, 1 March

Super League:

Hull KR v Castleford Tigers

Premier League Darts - Exeter

Friday, 2 March

Super League:

Leeds Rhinos v Catalans Dragons

Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants - rearranged for Sunday at 15:00 GMT

St Helens v Salford Red Devils - rearranged for Sunday at 16:00 GMT

Pro14:

Cardiff Blues v Benetton

Edinburgh v Munster

Ulster v Glasgow

Scottish Championship:

Dundee United v St Mirren

Saturday, 3 March

Premiership:

Exeter Chiefs v Saracens - rearranged for Sunday at 15:00 GMT

Scottish Premiership:

St Johnstone v Hamilton

Championship:

Sheffield United v Burton Albion

League One:

Bradford v Portsmouth

Gillingham v Rotherham

Oxford United v Fleetwood

League Two:

Newport v Accrington

National League:

Boreham Wood v Macclesfield

Chester v Bromley

Ebbsfleet United v Wrexham

Guiseley v Dagenham & Redbridge

FC Halifax v Sutton United

Maidenhead United v Woking

Tranmere v Gateshead

Scottish Championship:

Dunfermline v Livingston

Scottish League 1

Airdrieonians v Stranraer

Albion Rovers v Queen's Park

Scottish League 2

Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion

Clyde v Elgin City

Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath

Peterhead v Stenhousemuir