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Big freeze takes its toll on League One

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More than half of Saturday's Coca-Cola League One matches have been postponed as the freezing weather conditions tighten their grip on sport.

The Championship matches between Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough and Preston and Doncaster are the biggest casualties so far.

The full casualty list in League One is: Brighton v Brentford, Oldham v Leyton Orient, Southampton v Huddersfield, Charlton v Hartlepool, Bristol Rovers v Stockport, MK Dons v Swindon, Gillingham v Tranmere and Yeovil v Colchester.

In League Two, Cheltenham v Hereford, Torquay v Dagenham & Redbridge and Rotherham v Bournemouth are off, but Northampton have proclaimed themselves "hopeful" that their clash with Chesterfield will be played.

The big freeze has wreaked havoc with the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. The Morton v Celtic and Kilmarnock v Falkirk ties were called off on Wednesday and four more followed on Thursday, meaning six of the 16 matches have been called off with more expected to follow.

St Johnstone's trip to Forfar was called off due to a frozen pitch following a 10am inspection, with Raith Rovers v Airdrie and Ayr United v Brechin postponed following 9.15am inspections.

They were joined by Inverness CT v Motherwell after police expressed concern over the condition of the surrounding area and doubts surround Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion, Edinburgh City v Montrose and Ross County v Inverurie Loco Works.

There are also doubts over Sunday's televised tie between Hamilton and Rangers, while Aberdeen will hold an inspection tomorrow ahead of Saturday's all-SPL tie with Hearts.

Saturday's Irn-Bru Second Division clash between Cowdenbeath and Arbroath and two Third Division matches - Berwick v Stranraer and East Stirling v Queens Park - have also been postponed.

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