GAMES OFF: Barnsley, Chesterfield and Doncaster Rovers victims of big freeze

L-R Stadium Manager Colin Nellist, referee Colin Webster and Financial Director Alan Walters leaving the pitch after the thumbs down decision.

L-R Stadium Manager Colin Nellist, referee Colin Webster and Financial Director Alan Walters leaving the pitch after the thumbs down decision.

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BARNSLEY and Chesterfield matches have become the latest victims of the big freeze - their game’s have been postponed today.

It was announced yesterday that Doncaster Rovers’ game away at Crystal Palace was also off.

But a decision to postpone the Championship match between Barnsley and Birmingham at Oakwell, also because of a frozen pitch, was taken following an inspection just over two hours before kick-off.

No date has yet been confirmed for the rearranged fixture.

Overnight temperatures down to -10 degrees also meant Spireites’ home game with league leaders Charlton Athletic became a victim of the winter weather. The game was formally called off at around 10.15 this morning.

The B2net Stadium pitch had passed muster 24 hour earlier when local Premier League linesman Glenn Turner had examined it but match referee Colin Webster, from Tyne & Wear, had no choice but to call it off when he arrived following the extreme overnight conditions.

Award-winning groundsman Anthony Haywood had ensured the pitch had been covered all week but the plummeting temperatures and forecast that it wouldn’t exceed freezing point for the rest of the morning meant that recovery ahead of kick off time was all but impossible.

Chesterfield FC Stadium Manager Colin Nellist said: “We are very disappointed after all the hard work put in by the groundstaff but the extreme overnight temperature was the one aspect we had no control over.”

Here’s a full lst of this weekend’s sporting postponements:

FOOTBALL:

Championship: Barnsley v Birmingham; Crystal Palace v Doncaster; Peterborough v West Ham.

League One: Brentford v Oldham; Chesterfield v Charlton; Leyton Orient v Huddersfield; MK Dons v Bury; Rochdale v Notts County; Stevenage v Carlisle; Tranmere v Preston; Walsall v Colchester; Yeovil v Scunthorpe.

League Two: AFC Wimbledon v Bradford; Accrington v Oxford (rescheduled for Tuesday, 27 March 1945 GMT); Barnet v Swindon; Burton v Gillingham; Crawley v Aldershot; Dag & Red v Northampton; Macclesfield v Plymouth; Port Vale v Crewe; Blue Square Bet Premier; Braintree v Southport; Cambridge United v Barrow; Darlington v Wrexham; Ebbsfleet v Alfreton; Forest Green v Luton; Grimsby v York; Hayes & Yeading v Lincoln; Kettering v AFC Telford; Mansfield v Fleetwood (rescheduled for Tuesday, 13 March 1945 GMT); Tamworth v Kidderminster.

HORSE RACING: Newbury (Saturday); Uttoxeter (Saturday); Warwick (Saturday); Hereford (Sunday).