FROZEN pitches saw four Highland League fixtures postponed at the weekend as the pile-up of games continues to grow.
Nairn County, who have played just 16 games this season as we hurtle towards March, were frustrated that their match at Keith was called off.
Nairn host Fort William this Wednesday, hoping that the weather does not bite once more and this weekend they welcome Keith to Station Park.
Fourth-placed Clach were due to host title-challenging Wick Academy on Saturday, but that too was postponed due to the frost.
The Lilywhites will head north to Wick this Wednesday before Saturday’s Breedon’s Aggregate Highland League Cup first round tie at home to league leaders Cove Rangers.
The other weekend games postponed were Rothes v Cove and Strathspey Thistle v Lossiemouth.
Steve Paterson’s Formartine United joined Cove on 46 points at the top of the table, but just behind on goal difference, as they beat Fraserburgh 3-1.
Elsewhere, Deveronvale delivered a classy show with a 5-0 home win against Brora Rangers, 2012 champions Forres Mechanics won 2-0 at Inverurie Locos and it finished 1-1 between Turriff United and visitors Buckie Thistle.
Fort William crashed 3-0 at Huntly at the weekend, with a number of key players missing through injury and work commitments.
The Lochaber side, who are rooted to the foot of the table, have yet to win on the road this season, and this was never going to be easy with such a young squad.
Marek Madel grabbed a double, one in each half, while Andrzej Kleczkowski was also on the scoresheet.
The deadlock was broken on 39 minutes when Madel had a simple finish after a cut-back from Lukasz Jarosiewicz.
Two quick-fire second half goals killed the contest.
Firstly, on 54 minutes, Kleczkowski netted after getting on the end of an assist from Jarosiewicz.
The killer third goal came when Madel finished off a move which was sparked by Adam Naismith and Jarosiewicz.
Fort head to Nairn County on Wednesday night before travelling to Wick Academy on Saturday.