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Rovers v Cheltenham called off

The New Year's Day fixture between Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham in League Two has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Staff at the Memorial Ground had declared the pitch playable on New Year's Eve but heavy rainfall saw the surface fail a 10am inspection on Wednesday morning.

"Referee Iain Williamson inspected the pitch this morning, and decided that the match should not go ahead," read an news update on the club's official website.

"There were puddles of standing water on the surface, and with bad weather expected to continue all day, the match official took the decision to call the game off early."

A new date for the clash has not yet been announced.

Bad weather prompted the other New Year's Day postponement in the Football League, with stormy conditions causing floodlight damage at Leyton Orient, who were due to host Bristol City in League One.

And a waterlogged pitch has also led to the postponement of Wednesday's Skrill Premier League game between Hereford and Kidderminster.