Accrington Stanley’s lucrative pre-season friendly with Championship side Burnley next Tuesday has been called off due to the Crown Ground pitch.
Stanley have spent around £70,000 relaying the surface during the summer after a large number of postponements last season.
It has been touch-and-go for the annual clash with the local rivals where a bumper crowd usually swells the Reds’ coffers.
But Stanley officials inspected the pitch on Thursday morning and said it was a no-go.
"It has been touch-and-go for a while and we could have played it but it is not worth the risk," said chief executive Rob Heys.
"It just needs another week to 10 days and then it will be fine.
"If we could guarantee that the weather would be fine and the conditions good then perhaps we could give it the green light but we have spent £70,000 on it during the summer and we don’t want to throw that away with one game.
"There is the financial pressure to play the match as we have not got a lot of money coming in pre-season and it is obviously a big financial boost for us to play this game and we are always grateful to Burnley for bringing a full-strength side.
"But we have spent a lot of time, effort and money on the pitch over the summer and it’s not worth it for the short-term benefit.
"We wouldn’t want to get up on the Wednesday morning after the game and the pitch was all black and we had wasted everything we had done. We are obviously disappointed.
Boss John Coleman admitted: "It’s a huge blow financially to the club to lose that game and we were looking forward to playing against them.
"But we are also at Southport on Tuesday night and we will now take a stronger team there."
Blue Square Conference new boys Southport are managed by ex-Red Liam Watson and have former Stanley defender Robbie Williams, who was banned from football in the Reds betting scandal, among their number. Kick off at Haigh Avenue is 7.45pm).