King’s Lynn Sunday League game between Sutton St Mary and Shouldham held up by snake

PUBLISHED: 08:31 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:14 18 September 2017

A grass snake. Picture: Dawn Balmer.

A grass snake. Picture: Dawn Balmer.


A Sunday league soccer game was held up after a snake slithered onto the pitch.

It made the ref delay the starting whistle in Sutton St James FC’s clash with Shouldham, in the King’s Lynn and District Sunday League, until it could be removed.

One league official tweeted: “Delay in the @SSJFC V @ShouldhamFC game due to snake on the pitch. Welcome to the Fens.”

Sutton St James FC added: “Delay in play as the resident snake handler removes a snake from the pitch.”

While they managed to give the reptile the red card, Sutton St James didn’t manage to win the game as the Norfolk side quickly addered to their first goal.

As Shouldham took the lead at 3-2, they tweeted: “Where’s that snake?”

The snake didn’t return and Sutton went down 4-2, adding: “Shouldham lads good value for the win. All the best for the rest of the season.”

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