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Another postponement for frustrated Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 11:54 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:30 05 October 2010

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Bethnal Green United were without a game at the weekend after Takeley asked the game to be postponed after the tragic death of their secretary at the age of 33

Bethnal Green United were without a game at the weekend after Takeley asked the game to be postponed after the tragic death of their secretary at the age of 33.

The East End club obliged, although the weather would probably have forced another postponement, as Mile End Stadium struggled to deal with the torrential downpours of last week.

United have now not played since December 12 and although many other teams are in the same position, manager Justin Gardner (left) is still annoyed by his team's lack of action.

"It is frustrating not to play for so long, but I can understand why they asked to have the game called off," the Greens boss said.

"We trained last Thursday and then on Saturday on astroturf and it went great, which makes it even more annoying that we can't get a game.

"I'm impressed from what I saw fitness-wise and I'd say there were only one or two off the pace, that said, you cannot replace match fitness with anything so I won't take anything for granted.

"We won't know until we play, but if the game is a high tempo one, I can see us struggling after say 70 minutes, but whoever we play would be in the same boat, so that is not a big worry."

The Greens are hopeful of playing this Saturday when they face Mauritius Sports in an east London derby at Mile End Stadium.

Bethnal Green hammered the Walthamstow outfit 6-0 earlier in the season, but after managerial and personnel changes, Gardner is expecting a closer game against the leagues bottom side.

"They were diabolical last time we played them, but they have improved greatly and although we are confident of winning it will be a tough game," he said.

Right back Joel Gallimore picked up an injury in training and is out for three weeks, while the club could lose their goalkeeper to a Football League club.

"Ashley King is on trial at Barnet for three weeks," Gardner said.

"We wish him all the best and it would be a great opportunity for him.

"He is a really good goalkeeper and I am not surprised that football league clubs are taking a look at hime.

"Of course I hope they offer him a deal for his sake, but if they do not I would be delighted to have him back here."

Meanwhile, Bethnal Green were named the Senior Football Team of the Year at the Canary Wharf Group awards ceremony last week.


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