Hartlepool United face a fixture backlog which could cause havoc with the club’s bid for Football League survival after a miserable Christmas period which has seen their last 3 matches postponed.
Heavy rain on Christmas Day resulted in Pools’ home fixture with Notts County being postponed with Victoria Park washed out.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Ronnie Moore’s side were expected to travel to Carlisle United to contest a tasty local derby but that match was also postponed due to the flood damage at Brunton Park and The Cumbrians were unable to secure an alternative venue to host the fixture.
On Saturday, the fixture backlog got worse for Hartlepool United when their League 2 fixture at Newport County was postponed after heavy Friday night rain waterlogged the Rodney Parade playing surface.
The Newport County v Hartlepool United fixture was the only Football League fixture to be postponed over the first weekend of the New Year but the postponement once again highlighted the requirement of more common sense from The Football League when arranging long distance winter football fixtures.
Hartlepool United’s recent FA Cup victory over Salford City has resulted in the club facing Derby County in the FA Cup Third Round next Saturday meaning that next Saturday’s League 2 home fixture with Stevenage must now also be rearranged.