Colchester United boss Joe Dunne believes artificial pitches could be the answer to beating the big freeze.

The U’s were left frustrated after their League One clash at Hartlepool United fell foul of the cold weather, last weekend.

And last night’s under-21 development league clash between the U’s and Brighton and Hove Albion was also called off.

Colchester boss Dunne feels artificial surfaces could help cut the risk of postponements and losing valuable revenue.

The Football League discussed the possibility of introducing artificial surfaces last summer but the idea received little support from clubs.

Dunne added: “Astropitches are different now with new technology and science has changed.

“Revenue for lower league clubs now is vital and when games are called off, it’s hard."

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