Aylesbury United may not have a game until September 14 after an FA Cup replay and reported winding up order interrupted their fixture schedule.
The Ducks were originally due to have been playing at home to Royston Town in a league game at Bell Close on Wednesday night.
But with Royston somewhat surprisingly being held to a draw in the FA Cup by United Counties Division One side Northampton Spencer on Saturday, the replay takes precedence and therefore the Ducks’ match has been postponed and will be played at a later date.
While Tony Joyce may have been grateful for some extra rest for his side with no midweek match, he is likely to be less enthused with the prospect of no match for nearly two weeks after Kettering Town, Aylesbury United’s league opponents this Saturday, were reportedly ‘wound up’ at the High Court on Monday.
Although the news has yet to be confirmed by either the club or the Southern League, United’s fixture now looks highly unlikely.
If confirmed, the sad news is a stark reminder of the precarious state of the non-league game. It is also ironic that Saturday’s match against Kettering is Non League Day, an initiative designed to celebrate the 40,000 semi-professional and amateur clubs in the UK while League and Premier League clubs shutdown during the international break.
United last played Kettering in a competitive game in the 2003/4 season and a 2-2 draw at Buckingham Road in the Ryman Premier. The Ducks lost 2-0 at Kettering in the reverse fixture that season and have never beaten the Poppies.