Postponements: More local sport called off this morning but Dereham Town and Wroxham confirm their matches will go ahead
With further high winds and heavy rain being predicted for this weekend, pitch inspections are being held around the region this morning, following some early postponements yesterday.
King’s Lynn Town will not be making the trip to Buxton in the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division after the Derbyshire club this morning confirmed their Silverlands pitch is waterlogged.
The club’s reserve side will be in home action at The Walks though, in a 2pm kick-off against Coates Athletic in the Peterborough & District Football League.
An 8.30am pitch inspection at Crown Meadow has also confirmed Lowestoft Town’s home clash against Enfield Town in the Ryman Premier is off because of a waterlogged pitch.
However, Wisbech Town’s big FA Vase match at Hadleigh United is set to go ahead after a pitch inspection at the Suffolk’s club’s Millfield stadium this morning.
The Fenmen take on the Brettsiders in the fifth round of the competition at 3pm, as they continue in their quest to reach a Wembley final.
In Ryman North, Dereham Town have confirmed their Aldiss Park pitch is fine for today’s home game against Maldon & Tiptree and Wroxham’s hosting of Tilbury at Trafford Park is also set to go ahead, following a 10am pitch inspection.
Forecasters are predicting that overnight high winds and rain shower, will be followed by more blustery weather and squally showers today, with calmer weather not returning until Sunday.
Great Yarmouth Town’s Thurlow Nunn First Division match at Needham Market Reserves was called off yesterday, following an early pitch inspection of the Suffolk club’s waterlogged pitch.
Bloaters officials are encouraging supporters to attend the club’s reserves match instead, who are due to be in action at The Wellesley against Walsham-le-Willows this afternoon.
The postponement means Yarmouth’s first team will not have played since January 25, when they won 3-0 at home against Downham Town.
They are due to return to The Wellesley next Saturday for a league clash with March Town United, for what would be the club’s first match since the controversial departure of manager Mike Derbyshire.
Fakenham Town are also without a game, with their home game against Team Bury called off yesterday afternoon after an early inspection of Clipbush Park.
The Ghosts have also not played since January 25, halting a run of four successive victories. The Thurlow Nunn First Division leaders are due to be back in action at Braintree Town Reserves next Saturday.
Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League
Premier Division: Brantham Athletic v Diss Town, Ely City v Gorleston (pitch inspection passed), FC Clacton P Godmanchester Rovers P, Felixstowe & Walton United v Woodbridge Town, Haverhill Rovers v Stanway Rovers, Mildenhall Town v CRC, Norwich United v Wivenhoe Town, Walsham-le-Willows P Kirkley & Pakefield P.
First Division: AFC Sudbury Res P Haverhill Borough P, Debenham LC P Whitton Utd P, Fakenham Town P Team Bury P, Ipswich Wanderers v Halstead Town, March Town Utd P Debenham Town Res P, Needham Market Res P Great Yarmouth Town P, Saffron Walden Town P Conrad Utd P, Stowmarket Town P Downham Town P.
Reserve League Premier Division: Gorleston Res v Lowestoft Town Res, Great Yarmouth Town Res v Walsham-le-Willows Res, Stanway Rovers Res P Ipswich Wanderers Res P.
Reserve League First Division: Halstead Town Res v Diss Town Res, Newmarket Town Res P Wivenhoe Town Res P, Whitton Utd Res P Saffron Walden Town Res P, Woodbridge Town Res P Long Melford Res P.
North Walsham RFC have seen their home match postponed, despite having been confident their London One North clash against struggling Old Haberdashers would survive the weather.
The Hertfordshire side had travel problems so were not able to make it to Scottow for the game, despite the pitch being playable.
Diss RFC are expecting their home London One North clash with Tabard to go ahead at Mackenders, as they look to start a fight against relegation, having parted company with head coach Simon Hill last weekend.
A post from the @DissRugbyClub Twitter account this morning stated: “The 1st XV are at home to @Tabard_RFC, kick-off 2.30pm. The Saracens are away to @WymondhamRUFC 2s. Come on you blues!”
Norwich Rugby Club is hopeful its London 2NE match against Rochford Hundred (2.30pm kick-off) will go ahead, with a post from their @NorwichRFC Twitter account saying: “With one of the best draining pitches in the county we are still hopeful of play Saturday v @RochfordRugby Depends on Friday’s deluge.”
Also adding: “Coach says the winds at the ground are incredible. Will probably be a funny old game.”
In London 3NE, Wisbech v Old Brentwoods has survived the weather and is set for a 2.30pm kick-off.