Crawley Town P-P Tranmere Rovers

Crawley groundstaff inspect the pitch after the postponement

Crawley had their fifth successive match postponed after Tuesday's visit from Tranmere was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

The Red Devils have only played three games in 2014 and none yet in February.

The match was postponed about an hour and a quarter before the kick-off time with referee James Linington concerned about player safety in certain areas.

He could have delayed the kick-off for an hour but it was decided work on the pitch would not be completed in time.

Crawley offered to play the match on Wednesday night but Tranmere, who suspended manager Ronnie Moore on Monday, "politely declined" the offer, according to the West Sussex club's website.

Temporary Rovers manager John McMahon had no complaints and told his club's site: "When you go on to the pitch it's obviously the right decision and there's nothing we can do about it.

"I think there are four or five poor areas. The groundsman to his credit has worked on them but there was no way we could play on that tonight."

Crawley have not played since the 2-2 draw at Rotherham on 25 January.

They are one point above the League One relegation zone but have at least three games in hand on every side in the division.

They have played six matches fewer than Tranmere, who are one point above them in the table, and have seven games in hand on strugglers Notts County and Bristol City.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford30206454282666
2Leyton Orient32197664323264
3Wolves30197451203164
4Preston311512441291257
5Rotherham30159653391454
6Peterborough30154115041949
7Walsall31121183629747
8Swindon31136124941845
9MK Dons31127124643343
10Port Vale31134144346-343
11Bradford3181494238438
12Gillingham31115154253-1138
13Coventry3013895853537
14Carlisle31106153652-1636
15Colchester2881193536-135
16Oldham3197153544-934
17Bristol City32614124752-532
18Tranmere3188153554-1932
19Crawley2571082934-531
20Crewe3187163460-2631
21Notts County3293204052-1230
22Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
23Shrewsbury31610152841-1328
24Stevenage2974182849-2125
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