A TOWN football club threatened with closure was given a reprieve when the game it feared would be its last was called off at the weekend.

Fans who turned up for Spennymoor United's home game on Saturday, knowing it could be the last one played by the County Durham side, hope its postponement will offer a few extra days to form a survival plan.

Chairman Benny Mottram had planned to bid the club farewell on Saturday after four years in charge, and is expected to attend the rearranged fixture tomorrow night.

Mr Mottram had given financial security for the club, but said he was standing down after a row with Spennymoor Town Council over a lease on the ground.

The Moors should have faced Frickley Athletic in the quarter-final of the League President's Cup, but the game was cancelled after an 11am pitch inspection at The Brewery Field ground revealed the turf was frozen.

Club secretary Tom Metcalfe said: "I have spoken to the manager, Graeme Clark, about the situation with the team continuing without a chairman, and some further discussions are needed regarding a way forward.

"I have no idea what will happen to the club long-term.

"Someone has shown interest in helping us to form a business plan and find a way out of this."

Supporters outside The Brewery Field ground on Saturday afternoon said they hoped the delay would give interested parties a chance to consider helping the club.

Roy Heale said: "I hope this delay will give us a couple more days to get people behind the club and convince them to help.

"People in the town just do not know if it can survive. Before Mr Mottram came, we had a similar struggle."

Jim Stones said: "I have followed the team for years.

"If someone new comes in, it might be a good thing. The last couple of years have not been good. It might kick-start the club to do as well as the team is at the moment."

A public meeting about the club's future that was to be held tomorrow night will be rearranged.