League One, League Two & National League: Frozen pitches force postponements

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Bristol Rovers against Swindon in League One was one of several EFL games postponed on SaturdayThe Championship games between Rotherham and QPR, and Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea are among more than half of Saturday’s EFL fixtures to be postponed because of frozen pitches.

The League One matches at Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, Crewe and Wimbledon are off, with the games at Lincoln and Oxford United put back until Sunday.

Shrewsbury against Ipswich was postponed at 14:00 GMT on Saturday.

League Two has been worst affected by the conditions, with only two games on.

There may be more postponements as pitch inspections are still being made.

In the National League, fixtures at Dagenham, Maidenhead, Halifax, Solihull, Wealdstone, Wrexham and Woking have all been postponed because of the freezing weather.

Oxford and League One leaders Lincoln, who followed suit on Saturday morning, both hope expected rising temperatures will allow their pitch to thaw out by Sunday.

Oldham organised an early pitch inspection to help out Exeter, who were set to travel on FridayBut Oldham Athletic’s early call off in League Two was a relief to Exeter City, who travelled to Barrow in midweek, only for the game to be postponed an hour before kick-off.

A new date of Tuesday, 23 March has been agreed for the rescheduled fixture.

Carlisle-Crawley was another League Two postponement, a 10th postponement since Christmas for the Cumbrians, while Walsall’s was their third game called off in successive Saturdays.

The postponement of Barrow’s trip to Forest Green was the Cumbrian club’s third call-off because of the weather in less that three weeks.

The Bluebirds have two games in hand on each of their rivals in the battle to avoid relegation from League Two and in a season when fixtures have also been suspended because of Covid-19 cases, boss Michael Jolley believes there may soon be a case for extending the season.

“I think there is a good discussion to be had,” he told BBC Radio Cumbria. “I don’t think we are there yet but if this continues over the next two to three weeks and there are further postponements we might get to the point where there are no further midweeks left for us to put games in.

“Once clubs are reaching that point they will end up playing Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, which is not reasonable and not right. Whether that’s our club or anyone else, that’s a situation we want to avoid.”

Full list of Saturday’s postponementsChampionship

Rotherham United v QPR

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City

League One

AFC Wimbledon v Rochdale

Blackpool v Peterborough

Bristol Rovers v Swindon

Crewe v Portsmouth

Lincoln City v Accrington Stanley (moved to 18:00 GMT on Sunday)

Oxford United v Wigan Athletic (moved to 15:00 GMT Sunday)

Shrewsbury Town v Ipswich Town

League Two

Bradford City v Salford

Carlisle United v Crawley

Colchester United v Mansfield Town (moved to 15:00 GMT on Sunday)

Forest Green v Barrow

Grimsby v Tranmere

Leyton Orient v Harrogate

Morecambe v Scunthorpe

Oldham Athletic v Exeter City

Port Vale v Newport County

Walsall v Cheltenham (moved to Tuesday)

National League

Chesterfield v Eastleigh (Covid)

Dagenham & Redbridge v Hartlepool

FC Halifax Town v Dover

Maidenhead v Weymouth

Solihull v Barnet

Wealdstone v Bromley

Woking v Torquay

Wrexham v Notts County

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