U’s lose a fourth game to the weather

COLCHESTER United have now had four games in December postponed due to the weather after tomorrow’s home match against Oldham became the latest victim of the big freeze.

Local match official Mike Bull inspected The Weston Homes Community Stadium pitch this morning (Monday) and decided that several areas of the pitch were unplayable due to frost and were unlikely to improve before tomorrow.

It follows postponements for the U’s against Brighton (a), Bristol Rovers (a), Peterborough (a) this month and means they will play just once in December (the 0-0 home draw with Yeovil on the 11th).

U’s boss John Ward said: “We’re obviously disappointed we can’t get a game in.

“I’ve been at the club right the way through Christmas and from early this morning though and I can understand why we can’t play.

“There are dangerous areas on and off the pitch that can’t be messed with, but we will keep working and try and prepare for the next one.”

The U’s – who are still in the FA Cup – are now looking at a schedule which comprises of seven games in January, six in February, with three fixtures still to rearrange.

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Their next match, weather permitting, is due to be at home against Charlton on New Year’s Day.