Bristol Rovers v Wigan Athletic called off due to frozen pitch

Bristol Rovers’ League One fixture against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night has been called off due to a frozen pitch at the Memorial Stadium.

The decision was taken by the match referee at around midday on Tuesday following a pitch inspection.

A statement issued by Bristol Rovers said: “The playing surface at the Memorial Stadium was covered following Saturday’s home fixture against Scunthorpe, but the persistent sub-zero temperatures meant that the pitch would have frozen once the covers had been removed, with the decision taken with the safety of players and spectators in mind.”

A new date for the fixture has not yet been set but any tickets for the original date will remain valid for the rearranged game. Supporters who are unable to make the rearranged date are entitled to a full refund.

Wigan are currently third in League One, two points behind Shrewsbury Town and three points behind leaders Blackburn Rovers, but three games in hand on both of the sides above them.

Bristol Rovers are currently 12th in the table.

Shrewsbury Town’s Checkatrade Trophy semi-final clash with Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening has also been postponed because of freezing conditions in Shropshire.