Leyton Orient’s League Two clash with Carlisle United was called off because of a frozen pitch at Brunton Park.

The Cumbrians had brought the kick-off forward to 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon from 6.30pm and covered the playing surface overnight in a bid to beat freezing temperatures, but the fixture was postponed after match referee James Bell carried out an inspection.

A statement on the Carlisle’s official website said: “United’s Tuesday afternoon home game against Leyton Orient has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

“Match referee James Bell arrived early to carry out a pitch inspection and, with the Warwick Road End under shadow following a night of low temperatures, there was no chance for the firm surface to recover in time for kick off.

“A new fixture date will be agreed in due course.”

The decision will frustrate Ross Embleton, who was hopeful of ending a four game winless run, that was added to on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Colchester United.

The Orient head coach is desperately seeking goals from his charges and was already irked by a busy fixture list following the goalless draw at the weekend.

Nevertheless, he was pleased with yet another clean sheet.

“It’s two games with two clean sheets when we haven’t been at our best,” he said.

“When things like that happen and you aren’t firing you need to make sure you come out of the game with something and we did that.

“I thought our final ball let us down today and without being rip-roaring entertainment, we stayed resolute and came out of the game with a point.

“The fixture list is getting busier and we have some important games ahead.”

Os will now have to wait until this weekend to try and put a halt to their winless run, when they face Harrogate Town away from home.