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THE big freeze put table-topping Westoes title-winning ambitions on ice.

Like all other fixtures in North One, their game at Middlesbrough was postponed because of a frost-bound pitch.

Officials of both clubs were quick to reschedule the game for this Saturday when, conveniently, they each have a vacant date.

The Dunes Adventure Island-sponsored Shieldsmen were to have played Blaydon at home in the Durham Senior Cup but the National Two side will instead travel to Notttingham for their EDF Energy National Trophy tie which takes precedence.

Captain Gareth Nesbit, whose side stole the top spot from Hull who they beat in such convincing style in the last game before Christmas, took the hiccup philosophically.

He said: The boys were keen to get going again but did a spot of light training instead. And we may have to train a little bit harder this week to make sure we are fully match fit after what is now an extended holiday break..

But it certainly will not have put us off our stride and the aim is just as it was, to come away from Middlesbrough with two points and so safeguard our place at the top of the league.

The league games of Westoes three other senior sides were also called off - along with many more in the region - and attempts will be made to rearrange them.

* The clubs Senators - those doughty veterans who brought so much credit to Wood Terrace - will sponsor the Second XVs Candy League match against visitors Tynedale this Saturday in memory of one of their luminaries Ken Hudson.

His old teammates, many of whom attended his funeral last week, will present his widow Angela with a donation for the Macmillan Nurses.

Ken, 65, originally a centre who later moved into the second row, came to Westoe 30 years ago after playing for the Westonians, YMCA, Readheads and the former Marine School and was among those who revived the defunct Senators side in 1984, captaining it in 1988-89.

His son David inherited his love of rugby and played as a prop at Westoe up to First XV level.

The spirit of the Senators lives on although the side is now simply titled the Fourth XV after a dearth of the golden oldies meant that younger players, including Colts, had to be recruited..

Tommy Gascoigne, one of the originals and a close friend of Ken, said: He was a very fine man, utterly dependable both on and off the field where he spent many years as a committee member.

We miss him very much and felt we had to make a gesture on his behalf. There will be sadness on Saturday, but a lot of good and happy times will be recalled as well.

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