Thetford Town derby set to go ahead amid raft of call-offs

STILL ON: Thetford Town v Diss Town is set to go ahead
STILL ON: Thetford Town v Diss Town is set to go ahead

Bury Town and Bury rugby are among the postponements this morning, but Thetford are expecting a bumper crowd after announcing their derby with Diss will beat the weather.

A water-logged pitch at Ram Meadow saw Bury Town’s scheduled Ryman League Premier Division match with Carshalton Athletic postponed on Friday, on the day the club announced the signing of ex-Ipswich Town and Notts County right-back Callum Bennett.

Chairman Russell Ward tweeted on Friday: ‘@BuryTownFC are delighted to announce the signing of @CallumBennett2 just what we need, hope you enjoy it here.’ (see separate story on this site).

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club’s game at bottom side Thurrock was expected to go ahead, with an agreement if the pitch on the London commuter belt was unplayable it would be switched to Suffolk.

But the overnight rain at the Haberden put paid to those hopes, with the SSE National Three London and South East side announcing the game had been postponed for a second time on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere in the football, games involving Needham Market (at Erith and Belvedere), Stowmarket Town (at Whitton United), Team Bury (at AFC Sudbury Reserves) and Needham Market Reserves (at home to Sawffham Town) are all OFF.

Games still on, as at 10.15am on Saturday morning, were: Mildenhall Town v Haverhill Rovers (pending a pitch inspection); Thetford Town v Diss Town (with Thetford saying it will go ahead) and Walsham-le-Willows v Wivenhoe Town (which includes a pay-what-you-want initiative for entry and is also subject to a pitch inspection).

In the Premier League, Norwich City are at Cardiff City.

Ipswich Town’s home game with Bolton Wanderers, who signed ex-West Suffolk College pupil Liam Trotter on loan from Millwall on transfer deadline day on Friday, is understood to be in no doubt of going ahead.

Another ex-Ipswich Town player with west Suffolk links, former Bury St Edmunds schoolboy (King Edward VI Upper School) Ed Upson, completed a move from Yeovil Town to fellow Championship club Millwall on Friday.