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22 Dec 2012 09:46:46

Weather takes toll on football fixtures

The inclement weather took its toll on Saturday's Football League programme as two postponements were announced on Saturday morning.

The npower League Two match between York and leaders Gillingham at Bootham Crescent was first to fall victim to the heavy rain and was called off following an early pitch inspection.

A statement on York's official website read: "After a pitch inspection was conducted this morning by match referee Stephen Martin, today's match between the Minstermen and Gillingham has been postponed."

The statement added: "After heavy rain overnight, the pitch is now waterlogged and deemed unplayable by the match official.

"A new rearranged date for the fixture will be announced later."

The match between League One bottom side Hartlepool and fellow strugglers Portsmouth was also called off at 9am.

A statement on the Hartlepool website read: "Today's game with Portsmouth has been postponed after referee Darren Bond carried out a second inspection of the Victoria Park pitch.

"Heavy rain throughout the week has left the playing surface extremely wet and more showers this morning caused concern for the match official.

"With forecasts suggesting further heavier rain is on the way later this morning and in to the afternoon - and with the knowledge of visiting fans making a long journey - the referee felt there was no alternative but to call the game off."


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