Slade is hoping to beat the freeze

Orient chief fears a fixture backlog

Orient boss Russell Slade is hoping the Boxing Day game against MK Dons will beat the freeze, as O’s look to build on their recent good run.

Groundstaff were clearing snow from the pitch on Tuesday and Slade said: “Hopefully things will ease before Boxing Day, because we don’t want to get into a situation where we are playing two or three games a week on a regular basis.”

Slade’s side have lost just once in the last 12 outings, but missed the chance to keep the momentum going when last weekend’s game against Plymouth Argyle was frozen off.

The O’s boss had no complaints about Saturday’s postponement. “Perhaps it was a good thing, because the amount of snow that fell on Saturday would have caused us major problems if the game had been played,” he said.

“The only plus was that it did allow Jamie Jones, Dean Cox and Adam Chambers a little bit more time to get match fit.”