Barnsley v Oldham Athletic: Postponed

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Barnsley’s clash with Oldham Athletic, set for Monday night, has been postponed after a pitch inspection.

The weekend’s snow, coupled with freezing temperatures, led to the game being called off after an inspection by a local referee.

Efforts had been made on Monday morning by the club to clear the surrounding area at Oakwell of snow and ice.

But a concern over the safety of the players saw the decision to postpone the game being taken.

Reds chief executive Ben Mansford said, “It is unfortunate but the referee has a decision to make with concerns of player safety.

“Our undersoil heating has been running since Boxing Day, but with sub-zero temperatures expected by kick-off tonight, the pitch will certainly be unplayable.

“Our staff and Barnsley Council have worked tirelessly over the weekend to give the game a best possible chance of going ahead, but we can’t control the weather.

“The issue is not the snowfall but the very low temperatures which means the snow has frozen and turned into ice, which will not thaw in these temperatures.

“Although Barnsley Council have gritted the roads and car park, the lack of traffic on the local roads means that the salt and grit have not been able to take effect.”