1874 NORTHWICH’S first home game of the season was postponed last night, Tuesday, after floodlight failure at the Barton Stadium.

The lights went out shortly before half time with the game against Bootle goalless and, following an initial assessment by an electrician called to the ground, referee Joe Simpson was forced to abandon the Premier Division contest.

It meant frustration all round, with Ian Street’s men seeking to build upon Saturday’s success at AFC Blackpool on the campaign’s opening afternoon and Bootle targeting a first victory following a draw with Squires Gate in their first fixture the same day.

“The board wishes to apologise to fans following the game’s abandonment,” read a statement issued by 1874 Northwich while most of the 350-plus crowd were on their way home.

“Unfortunately, this was due to events outside of our control.

“We will make a further announcement regarding the arrangements for the rearranged fixture in due course.”

1874 Northwich are tenants at Barton Stadium, home of league rivals Winsford United.

The newly-formed club hosted opponents there during their debut season, and must decide before the end of the year whether to extend the agreement for a third term.