Deeping game called off

Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz
Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz
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Deeping Rangers’ trip to league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday has been called off.

Floodlight problems at the Dog & Duck - the ground which Diamonds share with landlords Wellingborough Town - affected the derby games on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

This weekend’s match was initially brought forward to a 2pm kick-off but later on Thursday night it was postponed.

A statement on Diamonds’ website said: “Following the power cut to the floodlights on Boxing Day and today’s floodlight overloading, the league have advised that all matches at the Dog & Duck have to kick off at 2pm until further notice.

“We have been subsequently informed by Deeping Rangers that they are unable to fulfil the fixture at 2pm on Saturday and therefore the league has postponed the fixture due to the short notice of the kick-off change.”

Diamonds moved eight points clear at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division following the 2-1 win over Wellingborough.

Second-placed Holbeach United have three games in hand as well as a home game against Diamonds later this month.

Deeping are due back in action at home to Harrowby United on Tuesday.