Bury Town and AFC Sudbury derby is rearranged

Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press

Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press

The second instalment of the West Suffolk A134 derby between Bury Town and AFC Sudbury will take place a week on Wednesday (April 13, 7.45pm) after AFC Sudbury reversed their initial decision to stage the game the following day.

The Ryman League Division One North fixture was due to be played in front of a bumper crowd at Bury’s Ram Meadow ground on Easter Monday with AFC Sudbury having a chance of winning the title in their arch enemies’ back yard.

But a deluge of rain saw the 3pm kick-off game postponed at lunchtime.

Tensions are now running even higher between the clubs off the pitch as Bury Town chairman Russell Ward told the Free Press AFC Sudbury’s decision to do a U-turn on playing the game the next day, suddenly citing player unavailability when Bury had decided to go ahead without their manager and striker Ollie Hughes available, had left ‘a nasty taste’.

He said AFC Sudbury officials had wanted the game to be re-scheduled for a Thursday, but said he would assess the local football calendar and play the game ‘when it suits us’.

But the clubs have now settled on a game under lights on April 13 (7.45pm).

n Mid-table Bury Town go into Saturday’s home game with Waltham Abbey (3pm) looking to end a 10-match winless run before hosting one of Sudbury’s title rivals, in Harlow Town, in a re-arranged game on Tuesday (7.45pm).

n At the bottom of the Ryman League Premier Division Needham Market host Farnborough Town in a crucial relegation clash (3pm), with Farnborough occupying the last relegation spot but just four points from the Marketmen. Needham lost 1-0 at home to Bognor Regis Town on Saturday after James Crane struck in the 76th minute, before their scheduled game at Canvey Island on Monday fell victim to the wet weather.