Colchester United game called off

COLCHESTER United’s home game against Sheffield United has been postponed, following a pitch inspection at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this lunchtime.

Match referee Trevor Kettle travelled down from Rutland to take a look at the pitch, which had been covered in recent days due to the freezing weather.

But he did not take long to make his decision, due to a frozen area on the pitch where the stand casts a shadow.

Referee Mr Kettle said: “I think it was a very easy decision. There is a 20-metre strip across the pitch where the stand casts a shadow, which is really solid.

“With anticipated sub-zero temperatures tonight and tomorrow morning, the probability of the pitch being playable was very low.”

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Supporters who had already purchased tickets for tomorrow’s game will be able to use them for the rearranged fixture, on a date to be decided.

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