Saturday 27th January
Barrow v Sutton United
We are obviously very disappointed that our Vanarama National League fixture at Barrow was postponed at 11.15 this morning and would like to apologise to our 120 travelling supporters today who spent a lot of money making the 650-mile round trip to support the U's in Cumbria by car, coach and train. Sadly all in vain.
The players, management team and officials travelled by train and had reached Preston when news of the postponement, caused by Barrow's pitch being waterlogged following predicted heavy rain, came through. All in all, a frustrating and very costly day for all concerned.
We shall confirm arrangements for the re-arranged fixture as soon as they are known – it is likely now to be re-scheduled for a Tuesday evening on a date which we hope will be blessed with more clement conditions.
We are clearly in a very fortunate situation owning a state-of-the-art 3G pitch which has greatly reduced the fear of circumstances like today's happening. Nowadays, the only reasons for a match being cancelled at the Knights Community Stadium would be heavy snowfall or fog and, certainly in the first eventuality, an early postponement would prevent fans and opposing teams from making an unnecessary journey and incurring significant costs.
In addition to its obvious extensive community benefits, today's events remind us of the undoubted advantages of offering a seven-day-a-week, high-quality and consistent playing surface which is immune to the vagaries of the English weather and which offers an excellent and sustainable alternative to increasingly inconsistent grass playing surfaces.
Thank you to all those fans who made the long journey today. Your support is greatly appreciated.