Sheffield United: Pitch inspection at Bury

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TONIGHT’S League One fixture between Bury and Sheffield United has been postponed following a pitch inspection.

Match officials arrived at the decision yesterday after reviewing weather reports for the Greater Manchester region.

A Bury spokesman said: “The inspection was brought forward...as it became more and more obvious during the day that we were fighting a losing battle.

“Large areas of the pitch remain frozen solid and with snow falling throughout the day, as well as falling temperatures, it became evident that there was no way this game could have been played.

“With full agreement from the Football league, Tuesdays night’s game has now been postponed.”

A new date for the match is expected to be announced shortly.

United, who closed their training complex yesterday due to snow, had been scheduled to face Wigan Athletic in the Professional Development League but the under-21 fixture also fell foul of the freezing conditions.

Chris Morgan’s side are now expected to return to action when they host Crewe Alexandra next week.

Danny Philliskirk was on target when United beat Wigan in the competition earlier this month.

Erik Tonne, Joe Ironside, Callum McFadzean and Darryl Westlake also featured.

Meanwhile, Bury, now managed by former United chief Kevin Blackwell, have recalled Marcus Marshall from a loan spell with Grimsby Town.

The winger, previously of Rotherham, scored one goal in 10 appearances for the North-east Lincolnshire club and had been expected to finish the season at Blundell Park.

Grimsby’s Conference rivals Luton are reportedly keen to sign Marshall on a permanent basis.