‘It’s like the Winter Olympics!’ ‘Beast from the East’ batters UK sports fixtures
Frosty conditions caused by winds from Siberia, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East,’ have wreaked havoc in the UK and affected the nation’s sports calendar. One game that bore the brunt of the snow was the English League One match between Peterborough and Walsall.
PHOTO 📷 | The @pyeongchang2018 Winter Olympics may have finished, but @Junior_Morias could put himself forward for the Curling event with this sweeping tekkers! Just shows the togetherness of everyone at the @ABAXStadium tonight #PETvWALpic.twitter.com/34m0CJchbA— Peterborough United (@theposhofficial) February 27, 2018
With the pitch at Peterborough’s London Road Stadium caked in snow, and the home side leading 2-1 in the late stages of the game, the players were ordered off the field to allow grounds staff time to clear the turf.
Desperate to avoid seeing the game abandoned and ensure his side claimed victory, dutiful Peterborough defender Steven Taylor took on sweeping responsibilities – darting off to grab a brush and returning to clear away precipitation, much like a Winter Olympic curler.
"It's a bit like the Winter Olympics isn't it!" ❄😂Ex-@NUFC defender Steven Taylor is taking matters into his own hands at Peterborough, where the snow is causing all kinds of trouble!Watch Soccer Special now for live-updates from all of tonight's matches. pic.twitter.com/QLM9XnE21I— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 27, 2018
“It’s a bit like the Winter Olympics, isn’t it? It’s a bit like the curling here,” exclaimed the match commentator as Taylor, his Posh teammate Junior Morias, and the ground staff desperately tried to clear the pitch.
The grounds staff and Taylor, a former Newcastle United player who was dressed in just short sleeves and wore no gloves in the -3 temperatures, succeeded in making the lines of the pitch visible, and the match continued with Peterborough held on to claim three points.
Peterborough manager David Oldfield said the incident “showed the togetherness this football club has.”
However, other fixtures have suffered due to icy ‘Beast from the East’ temperatures, including the match between Peterborough’s League One rivals Wigan and Bristol City. Separately, Tuesday’s racing fixtures at Ludlow, Catterick and Musselburgh were all called off.
In Ireland, many Gaelic football and hurling fixtures over the weekend were reported to be in jeopardy because of the conditions, coupled with problems caused by Storm Emma.