Heatwaves forces Chesterfield's pre-season friendly against National League North side to be cancelled

Chesterfield’s pre-season friendly against Alfreton Town tonight has been cancelled because of the scorching temperatures.
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The Spireites had been due to visit the National League North side on Tuesday evening, but temperatures would still have been around the mid 30s at the proposed 7.30pm kick-off time.

Both clubs confirmed in statements at 4pm that the match would no longer go ahead because of the heatwave.

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"Following discussions between both clubs and the authorities, the decision has been taken to call-off tonight’s planned pre-season fixture at Alfreton Town,” the Spireites said.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook.Chesterfield manager Paul Cook.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook.

“With soaring temperatures, it was agreed that a postponement would be the sensible course of action to take in order to protect the safety of everyone involved.”

Today is officially the hottest day on record with a temperature of 40.2C recorded at London Heathrow at 12.50pm.

The Met Office has issued a ‘red extreme heat warning’ for most of the country, with the majority of train services cancelled and some schools closed.

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The game is not the only one to have fallen victim to the hot weather, with many other pre-season friendlies called-off.

Chesterfield are next in action at home to League Two Bradford City this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Spireites then face Boston United away on Friday, July 29.

The National League season gets underway on Saturday, August 6, with the Blues visiting newly-promoted Dorking Wanderers.