Several football matches were called off and horse racing in Britain was reduced to a single meeting, a low-value all-weather card at Southwell, on Saturday as snow and freezing temperatures again did their worst.

The most prominent casualty was Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia, which had been delayed due to bad weather on Friday, but was postponed on Saturday morning.

Earlier the scheduled raceday at Doncaster – which was due to stage the year's second day of Flat racing on turf with the Lincoln Handicap as the feature race – fell at 6am when the clerk of the course, Roderick Duncan, found two to three inches of snow on the track. "It's still falling now," he reported. "Daytime temperatures are forecast to stay at or below freezing and further snow is forecast today."

The Lincoln card will be switched in its entirety to next Saturday, 30 March. No further Flat racing on turf is scheduled to take place before then.

League football also suffered as Sheffield United were forced to abandon their fourth-versus-second npower League One clash against Brentford, as was Shrewsbury's meeting with Oldham. In League Two the games at Rotherham (v Exeter), Burton (v Wycombe), Chesterfield (v Plymouth), Crawley (v Crewe) and Port Vale (v Aldershot) all went the same way.

Rochdale's meeting with Southend was the next to fall foul of the elements, with the club citing safety concerns on their official Twitter feed.

North of the border games between Elgin and Clyde and Annan and Queen's Park were wiped out.

A jumps card at Newbury was also abandoned on Saturday morning when snow fell after the course passed an initial inspection. "We've taken a lot more snow than we expected and it's still coming down now," said the clerk, Richard Osgood. "All we can see right now is snow and the course is unraceable."

Other jumps fixtures at Bangor, Kelso and Stratford were called off earlier in the week. In a game attempt to provide some live action, Channel 4 will screen four races from Southwell, mixed with a preview of the Grand National on 6 April.

However, all four Aviva Premiership rugby union fixtures on Saturday will go ahead as planned – with Sunday's game between Saracens and Harlequins also expected to get the all-clear.

Postponed football matches in the UK

Fifa World Cup European Qualifying Group F

Northern Ireland v Russia

npower League One

Sheff Utd v Brentford

Shrewsbury v Oldham

Crawley Town v Crewe

Colchester v Milton Keynes Dons

npower League Two

Port Vale v Aldershot

Chesterfield v Plymouth

Burton Albion v Wycombe

Rotherham v Exeter

Rochdale v Southend

Blue Square Bet Premier

Braintree Town v Alfreton Town

Barrow v Ebbsfleet United

Mansfield v Macclesfield

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Second Division

Albion v Forfar

Arbroath v Stenhousemuir

East Fife v Stranraer

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Third Division

Annan Athletic v Queens Park

Elgin City v Clyde