TAUNTON Town will not be in action this weekend after their game against Braintree was postponed because of the Essex club's frozen pitch.

The Peacocks confirmed the postponement on social media this afternoon (Friday). 

A spokesperson said: “Tomorrow's planned fixture against Braintree Town has been postponed due to a frozen pitch after a pitch inspection.

“A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.”

Taunton's home game against Slough Town, which was due to take place on Tuesday evening at Wordsworth Drive, was also postponed due to the wintry conditions.

The weather in Essex is expected to reach around -1°C overnight and is expected to peak at around 5°C tomorrow afternoon.

The Peacocks currently sit in 20th place in the National League South table – one place above the relegation zone.

However, they have three games in hand on Weymouth, who are in 19th, and four games in hand on Eastbourne Borough, who occupy the final relegation spot.

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The postponement comes after Taunton were issued with a winding-up petition by His Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) yesterday.

In a statement, the club said: “We can confirm we owe no VAT as this was totally paid last week but we do have some PAYE outstanding with HMRC.

“We have been in communication with HMRC for a while discussing the situation but have received no help or guidance from them.

“As a result, we are in communication with the National League to help us liaise with HMRC to find a solution to this short-term issue.”

HMRC said it takes “a supportive approach dealing with customers who have tax debts and only file winding up petitions once we have exhausted all other options”.