Football managers call for ‘common sense’ as wintry weather causes fixture chaos

FENLAND’S football managers have called for a common sense approach to rescheduling matches as the wintry weather continues to play havoc with the fixture list.

All games were postponed in the Ridgeons League at the weekend, with Wisbech Town unable to host Diss Town and March Town United unable to entertain Team Bury.

The Hares’ Ridgeons First Division Knockout Cup quarter-final clash with Thetford Town tonight has also been postponed. It will now be played next Tuesday (February 21).

Fenmen boss Steve Appleby had voiced his frustration after his side’s postponed match with Felixstowe & Walton United was rescheduled as a midweek game - but the league has now moved it to a vacant Saturday, March 31.

March manager Brett Whaley said it was important to take a “common sense” approach to rearranging games.

He said: “It almost feels like if you have a good cup run, you can get punished with a lot of midweek league fixtures.”

March will be without Craig Norman, who is out for six weeks with a fractured elbow, and the suspended Marc Welcher for their trip to Cambridge University Press on Saturday.

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