Potential play-off chaos as Leiston’s title-decided is postponed

THE climax of the Ryman League Division One North season was potentially plunged into chaos today after Leiston’s title-decider was postponed.

Further overnight rain meant that Leiston’s final fixture of the season - at home to Potters Bar Town - was postponed at 10.30am following a pitch inspection.

The match has been rescheduled for tomorrow, although a club spokesman said it was “doubtful” that the game would go ahead. The forecast for later today is for further rain.

Assuming all the other fixtures survive and go-ahead this afternoon, unless second-placed Enfield Town lose their final fixture at Grays Athletic and so hand Leiston the title without kicking a ball, the outcome of the tile race will not be decided until Leiston complete their fixture.

Should the match be postponed again tomorrow, it would plunge the schedule for the end-of-season play-offs into chaos as the composition of the sides in the play-off will still not be known.

With the semi-final legs due to take place on Tuesday evening, it is likely that at least one of the matches - that involving the second-placed versus fifth-placed team - will have to be rescheduled until later next week.

Needham Market have already qualified for the play-offs, but today’s results will determine whether they finish third, fourth or fifth as they are locked on 77 points with Grays and Tilbury.

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At 11.45am today no other matches in the Ryman League Premier Division had been postponed, but the Division One North fixture between Redbridge and Chatham Town had been called off.

All the final day Ridgeons League fixtures were still on course to go ahead, while the Capel Plough v Achilles match in the Senior Division of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL was the only fixture to be called off.

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