Ipswich Wanderers off to Saffron Walden after Bodmin FA Vase clash is cancelled

Ipswich Wanderers' defender, David Head

Ipswich Wanderers' defender, David Head - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Wanderers could soon be in the final of the FA Vase, despite still having their fourth round clash to play.

The was the light-hearted view of Wanderers’s director of football David Bugg yesterday, following the second postponement of their Vase clash at Bodmin Town.

At least Wanderers will have a game today, Glenn Read’s side have agreed to play their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixture at Saffron Walden Town this afternoon.

That will be their first league game since Boxing Day, with their two leagues games, away at Whitton and Kirkley & Pakefield, having also been cancelled this month.

As for the Bodmin affair, Wanderers were due to play the unbeaten Carlsberg South West Peninsula League outfit, in Cornwall, last Saturday, only for the game to fall foul of the inclement weather.

That came after four postponements of Bodmin’s clash at Welton Rovers – the game that decided Wanderers’ opponents at this stage of the competition.

“They (Bodmin) have had such a lot of rain, it rained all day yesterday (Thursday) and throughout the night,” said Bugg.

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“Bodmin had a pitch inspection at 11.45am today (yesterday) but we knew before that the game was likely to be off.

“One positive thing is that, at this rate, we will be drawn in the final without having played the games to get there!

Read’s side and their hardy bunch of supporters were set to face a 700-mile round trip yesterday, having booked into the same hotel in nearby Newquay for the second successive week.

“Fortunately the hotel has been very good to us,” added Bugg.

“It’s not that busy down that part of the world at this time of the year, so we have left the arrangement ongoing, but it’s not ideal.”

He added: “It’s very frustrating for the players too as it is very difficult for them to get time off and when they have managed it, the game has then been cancelled.

“At least we have a game on Saturday although that will be tough enough against Saffron Walden.”

Meanwhile, Wanderers’ defender David Head hopes his side’s good cup form can be replicated in the league.

Head played on Wednesday as Wanderers lost 4-1 to Norwich United in the League Cup and is desperate to start playing a run of matches once again.

“Apart from Wednesday night, the last time we played was Boxing Day, but we have been training every week, although there is nothing like playing a proper game,” Head explained.

“The game against Norwich helped us no end, despite the defeat, it gave us a run out and now hopefully we can improve on that.”

“We have been a good cup team this season, but if we win our couple of games in hand in the league we will be in the top six.”

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