Forest Green Rovers’ match against Oldham Athletic was abandoned just after half-time on Saturday afternoon after poor weather produced unplayable conditions.

Prior to the game, the match looked in doubt with heavy snowfall settling at the Innocent New Lawn but it began to slow and ceased to fall 20 minutes before kick-off.

The contest got off to a bright and lively start with both teams trying their hardest to keep warm. Aaron Collins had the first chance of the game for Forest Green. After four minutes, the Rovers forward ran through one on one with Ian Lawlor but the Latics keeper did well to get down and keep the score at 0-0.

Collins had yet another great chance to put Rovers ahead on 11 minutes. After Nicky Cadden worked some space down the left-hand side of the box, he found Collins’ head after a pin point cross but Lawlor was again up to the challenge and parried away the danger.

Cadden made Rovers’ early dominance pay and put the home side ahead after 20 minutes. The number 11 picked the pocket of Dylan Fage and was able to fire his effort off the skiddy surface and out of the keeper’s grasp.

Just before the half-an-hour mark it looked as though Rovers should have been awarded a penalty. Collins ran clear of the Oldham defence and appeared to be clipped in the opposition’s box but the referee Robert Lewis waved play on.

On the stroke of half-time, former Manchester United man Zak Dearnley levelled the contest. The Oldham number 19 hit a powerful left footed shot that skidded away from a helpless Luke McGee.

The game again looked in doubt during the half time break as thick fog descended upon the New Lawn. It took over half-an-hour for the officials to decide if the contest could go ahead but it was adjudged to be playable.

However, after 57 minutes and with the fog getting thicker, the officials made the decision to abandon the match.

The game will now be rearranged for a later date.