Dees left disappointed as derby clash is called off

Matt Anderson on the ball in Dees' inter-club matchMatt Anderson on the ball in Dees' inter-club match
Matt Anderson on the ball in Dees' inter-club match
Dunstablians were left disappointed after Leighton Buzzard deemed their Bidwell Hill pitch unplayable on Saturday.

That meant the eagerly-awaited Midlands Two East South derby was called off and Dees played an inter club game instead.

First team manager Damian Daize felt the pitch was fine when he inspected it at 7am on Saturday as he said: “The fixture manager contacted the Corby referee who stated that the lines needed to be clear and visible but was happy with the light covering of snow and said that the game could go ahead if both teams agreed it was playable.”

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Carl Siddon, Leighton Buzzard’s director of rugby, said: “With all of the rain from last weekend still in the pitches, the melting snow would have only made it worse.

“I think we’re justified in that none of the other games in the region went ahead.”

Meanwhile, Luton’s game at Rochford Hundred in London One North and Stockwood Park’s game at Deepings in Midlands Three East South were postponed.

Wednesady’s East Midlands Cup final between Luton and near neighbours Ampthill at Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road home has been postponed. while Luton have now rearranged the Rochford Hundred game for this Saturday.

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