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Weather puts paid to Charlton’s FA Cup tie with Oxford

• Waterlogged pitch scuppers Valley
• Replay set for next Wednesday

Charlton's FA Cup third-round tie with Oxford United on Saturday became the first victim of the bad weather this weekend after being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

An inspection took place at The Valley at 11am on Friday and the decision was quickly made to call off the cup tie.

The match will now be played on Wednesday, 8 January.

Saturday's second-round replay between Crawley Town and Bristol Rovers also fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Their chief executive Michael Dunford told the club website: "We had another deluge last night and parts of the pitch, particularly on the West Stand side, are under water. Taking into account the forecast for more rain tomorrow we have made an early decision to call the game off.

"The forecast for the early part of next week is not encouraging which is why we have delayed re-staging the game until Wednesday to give us the best chance of playing it then."

The two teams drew 3-3 in the original tie with a trip to Birmingham awaiting the winner.

The third-round tie with the Blues was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but that has also been cancelled.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth's League Two meeting with Accrington will be subject to a pitch inspection on Friday afternoon.


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