Ipswich’s London 2 North campaign could be extended
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Title-chasing Ipswich may be made to wait to lift the London 2 North title, provided they are still in contention going into the last round of fixtures.
Johnny Breedt’s league leaders hold a four-point lead over second-placed Saffron Walden, both teams having five games left to play, but crucially their season could be extended.
That is because South Woodham Ferrers still have six matches to play, as a result of the recent adverse weather, and the game they have yet to fit in is the visit of the Suffolk side.
The Essex side’s weekend calendar up to the final round of games on April 12 is full and, with the 19th being Easter weekend, a potential title decider could be played as late as April 26, which is the scheduled date for the end-of-season play-off games.
Of course, should Ipswich win their next four games, picking winning bonus points in each, then the title will be their’s before they have to travel to Essex.
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Coach Breedt is not keen on Ipswich’s season being extended a further two weeks.
“South Woodham have had a really tough run with the weather and they don’t have a free weekend between now and April 12,” said Breedt.
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“I don’t know what the league is going to decide. They can elect to play the game in midweek which would suit us.
“We don’t want to wait until the 26th, which would be stretching the season out far too long for the players.
“I am sure the league has a plan as April 12 is technically when the leagues finish.”
Ipswich must play four of their last five games away from home, starting with Basildon tomorrow. It is a similar story for Saffron who also only have one home game remaining.
Both must still play Basildon, Braintree, South Woodham and Holt.