Felixstowe & Walton clash at Gorleston in doubt, according to Richard Daniels

Gorleston boss Richard Daniels

Gorleston boss Richard Daniels - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe & Walton United could be without a league fixture this weekend.

Kevin O’Donnell’s men are scheduled to play at Gorleston in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division tomorrow.

However, a midweek Norfolk Senior Cup game between King’s Lynn and Caister, held at Gorleston’s Emerald Park ground, ‘completely ruined’ the pitch according to Gorleston boss Richard Daniels, and tomorrow’s game is in serious jeopardy.

A formal decision is likely to be made by the appointed referee on Saturday morning, but Daniels said: “Saturday has got absolutely no chance of going ahead, none at all, the pitch is completely ruined.”

Daniels, who returned to manage Gorleston at the start of the season, was left outraged by the decision to allow Wednesday’s game to go ahead – the club asking for the game to be called off an hour before kick-off following a series of torrential rain storms.


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“It chucked it down all day from eight in the morning until six in the evening (on Wednesday),” explained Daniels, who recently brought former Diss Town boss Mike Derbyshire into his management setup.

“Our groundsman and club staff advised the referee to call the game off as the pitch was bad enough.

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“Now, it’s like a swamp, we can’t even get the tractor on there which we’d planned anyway (before the County Cup game) to help it.”

What frustrates Daniels even more is that the contest, which favourites King’s Lynn claimed a 3-1 victory from, could have been re-scheduled for a later date in the season.

“We (Gorleston) haven’t got any set midweek fixtures for ages,” he continued.

“Like a lot of the other County Cup games in the week, it could have just been re-scheduled for next week.

“All it needed was for a bit of common sense to prevail.

“The competition has now only just reached the quarter-finals stage, the cup final isn’t until May, I’m sure six matches could be fitted in between now and then.”

Norfolk FA last night denied that the Senior Cup game was unplayable and claimed the pitch was in a good state before the game started.

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