ANYONE itching for a game of football should spare a thought for Wallington.

The Northern Alliance Premier Division side have not played a match – let along a competitive one – in over a month.

The enforced hiatus has been caused by the weather, which led to other Northern Alliance teams, including Ponteland United and Hexham, missing out last weekend.

But none of the other clubs have been affected as much as Scots Gap-based Wallington, who last kicked a competitive ball during their 2-1 home defeat to AFC Killingworth, in the Northumberland FA Les Todd Senior Benevolent Bowl, on October 12.

Weather permitting, Wallington will finally return to action on Saturday, with a trip to Alnwick Town, in the Northern Alliance Team Valley Carpets Challenge Cup competition.

But a frustrating spell on the sidelines has forced the Greens to take matters into their own hands.

They made an appeal on social media this week for opponents willing to meet them for midweek friendly matches, to be played under the floodlights on an all-weather surface.

It came after weeks of training and preparation for competitive matches, without stepping foot on to the pitch on a Saturday.

Another team affected by the weather last weekend was Northern Alliance Development Division leaders, Ponteland United Reserves.

They will host Lowick on Saturday. Ponteland United’s senior team will travel to Blyth Town in the Northumberland FA Les Todd Senior Benevolent Bowl.