SPENNYMOOR TOWN'S home match last night was postponed just an hour before kick-off, leading to an apology from Moors and chief executive Brad Groves offering to pay for the Altrincham supporters’ travel for the rearranged fixture.

Moors, bidding to get back on track after two defeats in a row - and four defeats in five games - were due to host fellow promotion hopefuls Altrincham, but the game was called off at 6.30pm.

A Spennymoor statement read: “Firstly, the club would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused both sets of supporters, particularly those who have travelled from Altrincham.

“There was no planned pitch inspection at The Brewery Field at any point during the day, despite the inclement weather, which the pitch has dealt with several times this season.

“Referee, Mr Herczeg, called a pitch inspection upon arrival at The Brewery Field at 17:30. After deliberation, he decided to postpone the game at 18:30 due to a small section of the surface being deemed unplayable.

“Both sets of club officials and players were keen to still play the fixture, but we respect Mr Herczeg’s decision to postpone the game.

“Altrincham supporters who travelled to Spennymoor were offered complimentary refreshments and beverages whilst they prepared to make the return journey.

“Chief executive Brad Groves has instructed club officials to work with Altrincham FC on his behalf. As a gesture of goodwill, Mr Groves has personally agreed to pay for the Altrincham supporters’ coach for the rearranged fixture.

“Spennymoor Town hopes to see plenty of Altrincham supporters return to The Brewery Field when the rearranged date is confirmed to enjoy the match.”

At 2.14pm yesterday Altrincham, who are unbeaten in seven league games, announced on social media: "We've had assurances from Spennymoor Town that tonight's game will go ahead. If you were thinking of travelling tonight, do your best to get up there and support the Robins!"

All three scheduled Northern League games last night were also called off, at: Sunderland Ryhope CW, Newton Aycliffe and Tow Law.