1874 Northwich's match at Padiham was abandoned with around five minutes remaining.

The game was called to a halt by the referee with 1874 leading 3-2 on a Arbories Memorial Sports Ground pitch that had developed patches of standing water.

Just under 10 minutes earlier the match official spoke with both captains and managers about the worsening conditions before the decision was taken to continue with the game.

But after a second conversion the ref decided to call it a day.

The North West Counties League management committee will decide whether the result stands or if the game is to be replayed.

Wayne Goodison, 1874 co-manager, said: "It was a good performance on a tricky surface in conditions that weren't great."

League leaders 1874 were never behind, with counter attacks bringing the game's opening three goals.

Callum Gardner, who set up two goals,hit the post with a free-kick and netted one himself, squared the ball for Lee Knight to pop home the opener on 30 minutes.

Luke Noble levelled the matters with the first of his double a minute before half-time.

The lead was restored after Scott McGowan got past two defenders, leading to Gardner's shot being well saved and Knight slamming home the rebound on 53 minutes.

Jack Tinning's fine approach work was rewarded when Garner slid home 1874's third after 68 minutes.

Noble narrowed the deficit eight minutes later but both teams will have to wait to see if the result stands.