Carlisle United’s visit to Parkside Road on Wednesday evening has been cancelled due to the recent extremely hot weather.
The prolonged dry spell has left Kendal’s playing surface feeling very firm and, in the interests of player safety, it has been mutually agreed to cancel the friendly fixture.
United boss John Sheridan said: “We’ve obviously looked at the pitch at Penrith on Saturday, as a comparison, and decided it’s probably the best decision to call the game off.
"There’s been very little in the way of rain so the pitches are all very hard, and we can’t risk picking up injuries because of it. It’s safety reasons more than anything, which I think people will understand, particularly if they went to Penrith."
“We’d have preferred to play the game, but we’ll make sure we work hard this week during training so the players don’t lose out," he continued. "We’ve got a good test on Saturday against Fylde, so we’ll be working towards that.
“Pre-season is all about working as hard as you can to get as fit as you can, so we’ll continue to do that. Everybody wants to be in the team for the first game of the season and, as the weeks go by, we’ll work harder to make sure that everything is ready for that first game.”
The next friendly for the Blues is the trip to Mill Farm to face AFC Fylde on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm.