Latest update on Bristol Rovers v Port Vale as three League One matches postponed

Bristol Rovers have asked supporters for their help with their pitch - as they hope to beat the icy conditions.

Bristol RoversLeague One match with Port Vale at the Memorial Stadium is to go ahead after it passed a pitch inspection. The match is due to kick-off at 3.00 pm, with away supporters on their way to the West Country.

Three matches in the third tier fell to the weather. Accrington Stanley versus Portsmouth and Morecambe versus Charlton Athletic were postponed well in advance yesterday. Oxford United’s home match against Barnsley at the Kassam Stadium was called off earlier this morning.

Rovers on Friday put a request out to supporters, asking if they could provide support by helping put frost sheets over the pitch following the conclusion of the match. Supporters who would assist them will be given a free ticket to the EFL Trophy Round of 16 fixture against MK Dons, which takes place on Tuesday.

Today’s match against Port Vale is first on the agenda and has been given the go ahead after passing a pitch inspection. Match officials assessed the surface and gave it the all clear.

At 09:59, the club tweeted: “Pitch inspection at 11am but it looks absolutely fine. 99% on at this stage and as soon as we get the 100 we’ll confirm.”

Thirty-minutes after the planned inspection, Rovers provided an update and said: 100% on. See you later.”

The Gas decided to stick with the original kick-off time of 3.00 pm, despite England’s World Cup quarter-final with France. Several clubs had requested to move the time to accommodate for supporters travelling back from games, with the match in Qatar set to get underway at 7.00 pm in the UK.

Rovers against Port Vale is the first of two big games for Pirates supporters, with Darrell Clarke and Ellis Harrison set to return to the ground they once called home. The club have brought in a 5m x 3m jumbo screen with a PA system, for fans who want to remain at the Mem and watch it with their fellow club supporters.