March Town United boss bemoans Ridgeons League rules which forced postponement of Team Bury clash
PUBLISHED: 17:33 19 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:43 19 January 2011
MARCH Town United boss Jamie Weston has bemoaned Ridgeons League rules which have forced Saturday's clash at Team Bury to be postponed.
The Hares beat struggling Cornard United 1-0 on Saturday - their sixth consecutive away league victory - but have been left without a fixture this weekend after a host of Bury players were selected to represent Suffolk.
Weston said: “It’s a difficult one, as they are the rules, but I don’t think it should be allowed to happen.
“If we had four players missing through work I wouldn’t be able to call our game off. We’d be expected to deal with it so I think the rules should really be the same for them.”
Nigel Spurling, Ridgeons League secretary and treasurer, said the postponement was triggered by a “standardised FA rule”.
Spurling said: “If three players or more get selected to play for their county at this level of football a side can ask for their game to be postponed.
“I completely understand Jamie’s frustrations, especially after all the bad weather we’ve had this winter, but matters like this are effectively out of our control.
“County games take precedence but it does hit this league hard. I suppose it’s the same as the international break in professional football.”
The game has been re-scheduled for Tuesday February 1 - adding to Weston’s annoyance at the postponement.
Weston said: “We now have to play a night game which will affect the players.
“They will have to rush back from work but a lot of Team Bury’s players are at college. They’ll have all day to prepare which gives them an advantage.
“We’re just trying to build some momentum so a weekend without football really doesn’t help us.”
• March Town United Reserves progressed to the Cambs Junior Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Bassingbourn on Saturday. Stu Anderson and Lee White scored March’s goals.