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Sheffield United: Match-off decision was unavoidable

Pitch problems: There have been problems with the Lane pitch area ever since the heavy snow just after Christmas and yesterdays match fell victim to the weather

Pitch problems: There have been problems with the Lane pitch area ever since the heavy snow just after Christmas and yesterdays match fell victim to the weather

  • by James Shield Sheffield United
 

SHEFFIELD United were “left with no option” but to postpone last night’s League One fixture with Crawley Town, a representative of the club has insisted.

Local referee Anthony Tankard, working in consultation with match official Nigel Miller, declared the game could not go ahead as scheduled following a pitch inspection at Bramall Lane yesterday.

Despite apologising for “any inconvenience caused” to “supporters of both teams,” a United spokesperson told The Star: “There really was no other choice, given the condition of the playing surface following some inclement weather and reports of yet more to come later in the evening.

“It goes without saying that we realise this will be a disappointment for many people, not least the fans, but everyone agreed that, given the circumstances, there really was no other decision that could be reached.”

United’s groundsman Glenn Nortcliffe and Richie Barker, the visitors’ manager, were also present when Tankard advised that a new date be -arranged.

Town, who were beaten 2-0 by United in December, have also expressed concerns about conditions at Broadfield Stadium in recent weeks with Barker acknowledging they have had a detrimental effect upon his team’s performances.

“There has been a lot of rain and then snow in the region,” the United spokesperson added. “When the snow melted the pitch was absolutely sodden and, as everyone knows, it has suffered a lot lately as it is.

“That’s not the fault of the staff here. It’s purely down the nature.

“Coupled with the knowledge that more bad weather was on the way, it’s fair to say that everyone was in agreement that a postponement was the right and proper course of action to take.

“A new date for our game with Crawley will be announced shortly and it goes without saying that tickets which have already been issued will still be valid for that.”

United return to action when they travel to Shrewsbury Town this weekend.

 

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