Weekend's sporting fixtures hit by a string of postponements due to COVID

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FOOTBALL

The weekend's sporting fixtures have been hit by a string of postponements due to COVID cases being discovered within club's squads or to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.

Maidenhead United announced earlier this week it was withdrawing from the FA Trophy due to cases of the virus in the squad, with opponents Maidstone United being given a bye into the next round.

All tickets purchased for the tie will be refunded over the course of the next few days.

Several other football fixtures have also been called off, including Marlow's trip to South Park in the Isthmian League South Central Division. The Blues tweeted the game had been postponed as 'a result of the current COVID situation' and are keen to ensure fans don't travel. Their next scheduled game is at home to Bedfont Sports on Tuesday night, 7.45pm kick-off.

Windsor's home clash with St Panteleimon in the Combined Counties Premier Division North has also been postponed due to COVID cases in the Windsor squad.

Slough's FA Trophy tie with Eastbourne Borough is set to go ahead at Arbour Park tomorrow (Saturday), 3pm kick-off. The Rebels are through to the third round of the competition for the first time under joint manager Jon Underwood and Neil Baker's tenure. Tickets are available online and at the turnstiles.

Burnham will be looking to maintain their good recent form when they travel to Abbey Rangers tomorrow, The Blues are unbeaten in their past five league matches, winning four of them including last weekend's 2-1 victory over local rivals Windsor.

Holyport were narrowly beaten by Abbey Rangers in their last league outing and will be looking to bounce back when they visit sixth placed Egham Town tomorrow (Saturday). The game will kick off at 3pm at The Runnymede Stadium, Wards Place Egham Surrey TW20 8XD.

Flackwell Heath will be looking to build on a good week when they visit Dunstable Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Heathens got the better of Harpenden Town in the league last weekend before knocking London Tigers out of the Gladwish Challenge Trophy in midweek.

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RUGBY

In light of multiple cases across the league, all London & South West Premier Division fixtures have been postponed this weekend, with fixtures set to resume after the Christmas and new year break on Saturday, January 8.

Maidenhead's visitors, Wimbledon, had requested the game be called off due to cases in their camp before the decision was taken by the league to postpone all matches.

Maidenhead's director of rugby, Myke Parrott said: “Yeah, it's due to COVID unfortunately. We had a call from Wimbledon yesterday letting us know that they were going to be requesting a postponement because of positive cases in their camp.

“We’ve had a couple since last Saturday and our opposition from last Saturday, Sevenoaks, had four confirmed.

“We had a message through from the league today (Thursday) saying because of multiple cases across clubs the league has taken the decision to postpone all games in the league this weekend.

“I guess I am worried for January and after Christmas. At the moment, all we know is that this Saturday’s round of games has been postponed until February 5. That’s all we know, and I guess we’ll just hope there are no further disruptions.”

Most other community rugby leagues have followed suit with Windsor's game at Bracknell, Marlow's trip to Reading and Slough's home game with Aldermaston also postponed.

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