MALVERN Town suffered their second successive blank Saturday when their scheduled home fixture against Ettingshall became the only victim of Saturdays Banks Brewery League Programme.

The postponement had nothing to do with the condition of the pitch which had been passed fit to play on Friday, but was to do with the visitors refusal to make the journey owing to the alleged traffic difficulties around Worcester.

Town Assistant Manager Richard Anson said: "We would like to apologise to all supporters who were inconvenienced by Ettingshall's decision, particularly as we had put an announcement out on BBC Hereford and Worcester to confirm that the game was on.

"Frankly, we were very unhappy about the visitors attitude, it was the only game that did not take place on a Saturday which saw Bromyard travel to Tividale, Wellington to Shawbury and Little Drayton to Westfields. Given that these clubs had set a precedent, then the League should have told Ettingshall to get on with it. It is not as if they had to go over the Worcester bypass and the League had even said they would support a late kick off.

"All we did was to give them the courtesy of a call, to say they should allow a little more travelling time, which they then blew into a major issue. Next time we won't bother.

"From a footballing point of view it was the last thing we needed, as we have just had two excellent away wins and are keen to keep the momentum going. Also financially it has done us no favours.

"I doubt we will let the matter rest, as you just cannot allow a situation when a Club decides just four hours before kick off that it is not going to turn up."

Tomorrow (Saturday) Town visit Bromyard (2.45pm) in what should be a keenly contested local derby.

Town hope to maintain their run which has seen them lose only once in their last eight league fixtures.

Bromyard though have slowly started to find their Premier Division feet after being promoted from Division One last season and will be no pushovers. A little spice is added to the situation as Town boss Joey Rawle lives in Bromyard and previously managed the club.

Town pick from a full squad: Sanders, Higgins, Clayton, Brooks, Walker, Thomas, Sharma, Cotterill, Hayes, Damore, Phillpotts, Slade, Judge, Shepherd, Maidment and Ward.

The Reserves are at home to Lye Town Res tomorrow (Saturday) in the Division One South (2.45pm).

On Tuesday, Town are at home to Wellington in the Banks Brewery League Premier Division(7.45pm).