Sssstop the match! King’s Lynn Sunday League game between Sutton St James and Shouldham held up by snake

Sutton St James' latest King's Lynn & District Sunday League game was held up by a snake slithering

Sutton St James' latest King's Lynn & District Sunday League game was held up by a snake slithering onto the pitch. - Credit: Archant

A Sunday league football match was held up after a snake slithered onto the pitch.

It made the referee delay the starting whistle in Sutton St James clash with Shouldham, in the King’s Lynn and District Sunday League, until it could be removed.

One league official tweeted: “Delay in the @SSJFC V @ShouldhamFC game due to snake on the pitch. Welcome to the Fens.”

Sutton St James FC added: “Delay in play as the resident snake handler removes a snake from the pitch.”

While they managed to give the reptile the red card, Sutton St James didn’t manage to win the game as the Norfolk side quickly addered to their first goal.


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As Shouldham took the lead at 3-2, they tweeted: “Where’s that snake?”

The snake didn’t return and Sutton went down 4-2, adding: “Shouldham lads good value for the win. All the best for the rest of the season.”

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