A general view of the stadium during the Slovenia v Portugal UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Group B football match at Chesterfield FC Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on the 7th May 2018. Photo: Philip Oldham for FA

Sheffield United’s home clash with Crystal Palace washed out

Sheffield United’s FA Women’s Championship fixture against Crystal Palace at The Proact Stadium has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Blades were set to take on Dean Davenport’s relegation-threatened side in Chesterfield on Sunday but the decision has been made to postpone the match more than 24 hours before kick-off to avoid a potential wasted journey being made by the visitors.

Storm Jorge is set to batter the United Kingdom this weekend bringing gale force winds and some further rain to already saturated areas. Last Sunday, saw Sheffield United face Blackburn Rovers at The Proact Stadium and the pitch was noticeably heavy. With further rain forecast, The Blades and Crystal Palace have determined that their meeting tomorrow should not go ahead.

This weekend’s other FA Women’s Championship fixture between Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium has also been postponed. Rovers declared the playing surface at Bamber Bridge waterlogged on Friday afternoon.

With the FA Women’s Championship schedule having been heavily hit by postponements in recent weeks, the league have made the decision to extend the season until Sunday 10 May. This will allow all participating clubs additional time to reschedule postponed fixtures and reduce the risk of injuries to players as a result of tiredness.

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