Cambridge match off

Last updated : 31 January 2004 By Al Woodcock
Paul Arnison
Arnison: Set to sign this week
United's hopes of closing the gap at the bottom of Division Three suffered a setback this morning when their match at Cambridge was postponed.

A 7am inspection found the playing surface to be waterlogged. The early nature of the inspection means supporters buses from Carlisle will not have begun their journey.

Earlier in the week the game had been in doubt because of snow and ice. The snow melted over 24 hours ago but heavy rain then put paid to any chances of staging the game.

The Cumbrians have collected 13 points from the last seven games to narrow the gap at the bottom from a maximum of 16 points before Christmas to just four. They are now 8 points behind Southend and safety, following the Shrimpers goalless draw with York in midweek. Darlington host Rochdale today whilst Southend visit Bury. Meanwhile fouth-bottom Cheltenham Town are at home to Leyton Orient.

Paul Simpson was celebrating the capture of Paul Arnison earlier in the week. The 26-year-old defender is set to join the Cumbrians permanently from Hartlepool after the two clubs agreed on a move this week. Only personal terms remain to be resolved but the manager foresees no problems.

Meanwhile Paul Raven is set to see a specialist over his troublesome hamstring injury. The 33-year-old defender has missed the last four games after suffering the injury against Darlington on December 28. Mark Summerbell and Des Byrne are both sidelined too. Both players remain on the transfer list along with striker Craig Farrell who scored his first goal in three months against Yeovil in the last home fixture on January 17.

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