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Cambridge United and Bolton Wanderers had little choice but to rearrange abandoned Sky Bet League One fixture for later this month

While he would have preferred the game to be rearranged for a later date, Cambridge United head coach Neil Harris has revealed that there was little option for his side’s clash with Bolton Wanderers to be played before the end of the month.

The two teams met at the Cledara Abbey Stadium on Tuesday evening, only for the Sky Bet League One match to be abandoned in the ninth minute because of a waterlogged pitch.

It has since been rescheduled for 20 February, which kickstarts a tough run of fixtures for the U’s which includes Peterborough at home, as well as a trip to Stevenage and the reverse league meeting with Bolton.

Cambridge United versus Bolton Wanderers has been rearranged for 20 February. Picture: Ben Phillips
Cambridge United versus Bolton Wanderers has been rearranged for 20 February. Picture: Ben Phillips

But due to both clubs already having packed schedules, very few alternative dates were available.

Harris, who is preparing for tomorrow’s home encounter against Cheltenham Town, said: “Ideally, going into a big game (against Peterborough we’d have liked more time to prepare). But the weekend we play Peterborough, Bolton play Blackpool so it’s a local derby for them as well and big games for both clubs.

“Of course we’d have liked to have put it back until a bit later to spread the games out a bit, but there just weren't the dates in the diary.

“It’s not just about us. Where we’ve got a couple of free Tuesdays in March and one that was set aside in April, just for example we talked to Bolton about the 9 and 10 of April as a possible date, but then realised we’ve got Blackpool the Saturday before. If they win their semi-final in the Bristol Street Motors (against Peterborough), we have to put that back to a midweek.

“It was just becoming a bit of a minefield. Bolton have got a lot of Tuesday games already, so (they have) very few opportunities to put another game.

“So ultimately, rather than toing and froing and all looking at what was best individually, we just went – what works best for everybody? The 20th, even though it comes around quickly for us, Bolton and also the fans, no-one really had a choice in the end so it was agreed quite quickly.”

All tickets for the original fixture will remain valid for the revised date. Supporters who are unable to attend can request a refund by emailing info@cambridgeunited.com.

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