New date for Bury-Sudbury A134 derby after U-turn left ‘nasty taste’

AFC Sudbury's James Baker and Bury's Ollie Canter battle for the ball
AFC Sudbury's James Baker and Bury's Ollie Canter battle for the ball

The second instalment of the West Suffolk A134 derby between Bury Town and AFC Sudbury will take place in two week’s time today (March 30), on Wednesday, April 13 (7.45pm).

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

But a deluge of rain caused by Storm Katie saw the 3pm kick-off game postponed at lunchtime due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tensions are now running even higher between the clubs off the pitch as Bury Town chairman Russell Ward told the Bury Free Press AFC Sudbury’s decision to do a U-turn on playing the game the next day, on the Tuesday evening, 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 at Ram Meadow on Wednesday, April 13 (7.45pm).

DERBY JOY: AFC Sudbury celebrate their second goal in their 2-0 win over Bury Town on January 2  Pictures: Mecha Morton

DERBY JOY: AFC Sudbury celebrate their second goal in their 2-0 win over Bury Town on January 2 Pictures: Mecha Morton

The last league encounter, back on January 2, saw AFC Sudbury run out 2-0 winners against an injury-hit Bury team.

It was the first time the sides had played out a derby for league points in more than five-and-a-half years — with eventual Southern League Division One Central title winners Bury having triumphed by the same scorelines at Sudbury in April 2010.

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