Late postponements frustrate U’s and Blues

Colchester United’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Tranmere Rovers and Southend United’s match at Newport County were called off shortly before kick-off due to COVID cases and inclement weather.

COVID cases in both camps halted prospects of a game at the JobServe Community Stadium.

A statement from U’s Chairman, Robbie Cowling, explained:

I made the very late decision at 1.15pm today to call off the game against Tranmere Rovers due to there being COVID-19 issues in both squads.

Our COVID issues began this week when Callum Harriot tested positive. I called Tranmere yesterday, (Friday), out of courtesy to make them aware of our situation.

At that point, we accepted we had a slightly weakened squad but we were happy to go ahead and play the game.

This morning, (Saturday), I received a call from Tranmere’s club secretary, Tim Roberts, to warn us that several Tranmere players had woken up showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The Tranmere players have yet to be tested and when they are they might be all negative, but we have to assume some will be positive.

Meanwhile, Southend’s trip to South Wales ended in frustration after the referee, Paul Howard, deemed the pitch unplayable following a 1pm inspection.

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Brian Jeeves

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