Storm Dennis influences sports competitions with all FA Cup, Rugby League and horse racing
- Two FA Cup women’s games were postponed on Sunday due to Storm Dennis
- Arsenal versus Lewes and Leicester against Reading are moved
- Halifax’s Championship game against Dewsbury Rams was also postponed
Storm Dennis hit Sunday’s sports program with football, rugby and horse racing among those affected.
The fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup was disrupted because games between Arsenal and Lewes and Leicester and Reading were postponed.
“This decision was made because of public safety issues related to current weather conditions and the forecast for Sunday,” said a statement on the Arsenal website.
A race at Swindon on Saturday was postponed and others followed on Sunday
“The safety of all supporters in Meadow Park is of the utmost importance, while we have also taken into account the impact of weather conditions on the journey that Lewes supporters will make.
“This game is now being played on Sunday, February 23 with a kick-off at 1 p.m. in Meadow Park.”
Fifth-round ties between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Sunderland and Birmingham, however, passed morning pitch inspections and were set to continue.
In rugby league, the Betfred Championship of Halifax with Dewsbury Rams was postponed.
The only horse racing in Britain on Sunday is scheduled for Kempton, after the weather at Market Rasen was lost.
A safety inspection resulted in positive news for the all-weather set-up in Kempton, where the wind had reported ‘sufficiently calmed’, although a wet day was ahead.
Exeter – rearranged after being hit by Storm Ciara a week ago – was canceled on Saturday.