It’s been a season of frustration and false starts for the Liverpool Women’s team. Amber Whiteley and her side were hoping to create some positive momentum today with a game against bottom of the table Coventry United. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans.
With a cold snap forecasted overnight on Saturday, the game was pushed back a few hours over concerns about the pitch at Prenton Park being frozen. The League Two side Tranmere Rovers, who serve as the host for the Women’s team for training and matches, cannot afford the under-field heating to ensure the field stays playable during cold snaps.
To try and help, the field had been covered for the days prior, and heat lamps were also used. Unfortunately, despite the attempts to keep the field playable and moving kickoff back, the referee found several areas of the pitch to still be frozen when the inspection took place. The game will be rescheduled at the earliest time possible.
It’s unclear if Anfield was ever considered as an alternative option for the game scheduled for today. With the Men’s team playing away, there would not have been a conflict between the teams, but Anfield is also being used as a covid-19 vaccination center. Even if the pitch was available, there is little to suggest that the Women would be given access to the field.
This was not the only Women’s game to be postponed due to frozen pitch conditions. Aston Villa and Arsenal also had their game postponed today, while Spurs and Bristol City had their game postponed earlier in the week due to unsafe playing conditions. There were plenty of lower tier (Championship, League One, and League Two) Men’s games also postponed.
With no game today, the Women’s team was given the rare opportunity to train at the new, plush, Kirkby training center (that will not be referenced here but it’s official name because yuck). The team is scheduled to host the London Bees on February 28 for their next game.